Jessica Padgham wrote:When I was reading up on growing buckwheat I came across a claim that it inhibited bindweed. I haven't tested this thoroughly but the area that I planted with buckwheat does seem to have less of the bindweed than the surrounding area. Another tip I read here on Permies, and I think it was from Matu Collins, was instead of pulling the plant to curl it up and cover it. I think she read somewhere that the pulling actually stimulates it to grow even more. Again, I haven't been thorough but I am gaining ground in my strawberry bed with this method.
Pete Hwan wrote:Marion, can you explain more regarding:
"With patience and regular persistance, bindweed is relatively easy to get rid of, as it doesn't spread sideways like the cooch grass or ground elder."
Tell me more about the not spreading sideways part. I'm trying to discern the critical insight here. From what I can tell, our bindweed spreads quite aggressively via underground roots.
Eivind Bjoerkavaag wrote:I haven't experience with it but it sounds like an awesome plant if it can be controlled. The caretaker of True Nature Farm, the guy from Paul Wheaton dandelion video, said bindweed really improves the soil.
Michael Cox wrote:Elle - the roots are already established in the soil. They are already planted so to speak, and bindweed thrives by climbing up any existing plants to reach light. They grow 16ft through a dense heavily shaded yew hedge and poke out of the top to flower. They are the only thing that can survive the Yew's shade and come back year on year.
Interestingly, our long term overgrazed pasture next door has no bindweed evident anywhere so it doesn't seem to cope with long term "hair cuts".
Pete Hwan wrote:Hoping that as my other plants get established, they'll be able to outcompete the bindweed.
I know there must be bits of bindweed all over my lawn, but that's not an issue because the grass keeps it under control. It's my garden/orchard areas where there are big swaths of nothing but wood chip mulch where the bindweed goes crazy. This is resonating with the "nature abhors a vacuum" concept and would be consistent with the idea of using bindweed as a pioneer plant.