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Permaculture value of bindweed?

 
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I am going to lay down two layers of cardboard, put compost on top and plant buckwheat!

The only value I see in bindweed is as a focus of my eradication efforts.

Two great sources of large sheets of cardboard, bicycle shops and anyone who does solar, I get 4x6 sheets from my solar company all the time and you can cover a lot of ground fast!
 
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Excuse me while I *run* to go buy buckwheat.   I don't care if it is a total fail.  I will feel validated for trying. It is everywhere this year.
 
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Well, here goes nothing!

Today we heavily sewed buckwheat and then mowed the grass/bindweed down, allowing the lawn clippings to cover the seeds. We then sewed another layer of seeds because my husband was afraid the mower cut up the ones we already sewed (despite mowing on the highest setting). Then, we sprinkled duck bedding over it. The duck bedding certainly could have been thicker, but we just didn't have that much and the area is pretty big.

I rather wish we did this during one of our cool, rainy stretches. But, it looks like it will be hot (upper 70s, lower 80's) for the foreseeable future. So, we'll be watering. Sigh. Hopefully the hose reaches down there...

[Insert Venting]

I would have waited, but my husband was threatening to poison the earth to prevent the spread of bindweed to other areas of our property (bleach, roundup, battery acid were all mentioned). This was despite me telling him that killing everything thing growing in the area would just make it more hospitable to the bindweed in another month, and that we really don't want to poison the ground that our ducks eat and that is technically part of protected wetlands. I also tried to tell him that weeds are part of nature and you really can't/shouldn't remove all of them. We've got plenty of weeds that we need to manage (invasive blackberry, buttercup, grass seeds, fireweed). Bindweed really isn't that much worse (especially since ours is the non-taproot kind). But, he's on a kill-all-the-weeds kick ("Why aren't you pulling out all that self-heal in the herb spiral?!" "Why is the birdfood trefoil in the garden bed--it will take over!" "AH! There's catsear in the blueberry mound--pull it out so more dandelions can grow!"). Doesn't matter that I'm doing weed-triage in my pregnant state, and that many of the weeds help the mini-ecosystem of our beds. Anyway, we have weeds and we can't/shouldn't nuke them all, even the horrid bindweed--maybe one day my husband will understand this, too.

[/venting]

But, thanks to this thread, I was able to persuade my husband to dump buckwheat seeds all over the area, instead dumping poison. Even if it doesn't work, at least it bought me more time to persuade him not to apply poison to our property...
 
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