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Is it possible to keep native edible self-seeding annuals under control?

 
Mike Musialowski
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I'm establishing a forest garden in northern New Mexico. Lamb's quarters (Chenopodium) and purslane (Portulaca) both grow here widely as volunteers. Has anyone purposely planted seeds in a section of their forest garden? Do they spread relentlessly? I read that purslane produces gazilions of seeds, and I've seen their tiny kind with my own eyes. Is this a bad idea? But GAWD they taste good. Same question with lamb's quarters. Their leaves are nice and mealy and full of Calcium. But... bad idea? Mike
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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At my place, lambsquarters and purslane pretty much only grow well in areas that I'm actively cultivating. They don't compete well with grasses, perennials, shrubs, or trees.
 
Tyler Ludens
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I have had no success so far in getting those two plants to infest my garden.  I would like to have both of them, but no luck.



 
Kristi Anglen
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I had trouble with purslane, so have it in a container now-it's good and healthy. Will try in the garden again once I chop/drop my winter veggies. Haven't tried lambsquarters yet. Good luck!
 
cesca beamish
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Yes I agree with Joseph that I don't think either of those likes other ground cover competition. I have a lawn of purslane coming up now in a annual veg area ie bare soil beneath/ between the primary crop plants. Perhaps this could be under a deciduous shrub though as they grow much earlier than anything else comes into leaf? mmm I shall give that a go and spread some seeding plants around under bushes.
Thanks!
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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