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Don’t Weed Your Garden

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With a completely neglectful approach to gardening, you get good surprises. Like huge popolo berry that pop up, seemingly overnight!

Popolo berry! No berries yet, but in the next few weeks those tiny white flowers will turn to green berries then dark purple

Popolo berry! No berries yet, but in the next few weeks those tiny white flowers will turn to green berries then dark purple

Popolo berry is a an important native Hawaiian plant, and one that you can’t pick up at your local garden center. It just sort of pops up wherever it feels welcome, I think. The one pictured here is the biggest one that I have right now, but there are at least 5 others of various sizes that I have welcomed by not weeding! Now that I have a few growing, I’m going to try my hand at propagation of this useful plant. I know a few healers who would love to have a supply of this on hand.

Other delights I encountered on my early morning look in the garden include blooming nasturtiums, celosia, lettuce sprouts, kale sprouts and daikon sprouts. I have abandoned my once ambitious seedling growing efforts to now just throwing some seeds on loosened soil and see what happens. This has yielded far better results than expected. In summary, everything so far, has grown. And I was able to dismantle my seedling growing station with lights, etc which took up a lot of space and if I didn’t tend to it would quickly die.

Here’s a few more shots from the lovely morning here on Oahu. Aloha, Friends.

Nasturtiums are blooming

Nasturtiums are blooming

Celosia (I think!)

Celosia (I think!)

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Kale sprouts

Kale sprouts

Strawberries are flowering

Strawberries are flowering

My first try at daikon, sprouts!

My first try at daikon, sprouts!

Tiny lettuce sprouts

Tiny lettuce sprouts

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Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

One thought on “Don’t Weed Your Garden

  1. I’m always on the fence about weeding. I’ve met so many wildflowers and wild greens and herbs by letting them grow in the garden, instead of pulling them before I knew what they were. And yet, I could grow more of the cultivars if I’d weed more. The biggest weed of them all is a black walnut tree, which seems like something to keep, though I rarely make use of the nuts. They’re darn near impossible to get out of the shell. It shades my vegetables. I swing back and forth on weeding. This year I’m going to weed a lot. Well, some. I’ll transplant the perennial wildflowers, if I can find a place to put them . . .

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