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Weeding and my fight with the Madagascar bean

Earlier this week when I was harvesting some kale I found a lot of weeds in the path where the kale plant was. I started pulling some out, but had to start cooking so left the job unfinished. Today was the day to finish that job and continue on further in the garden so I could get rid of some more weeds. They tend to grow a bit in the paths when the paths get low on sawdust, and some weeds get into the garden beds and affect the growth of the food plants. So armed with a wheel barrow and my hands, I pulled out a wheel barrow load of weeds.

Wheel barrow load of weeds

My wheel barrow load of weeds, later fed to the chickens for their afternoon snack!

In the process of weed pulling I came across a couple of Madagascar bean vines that were getting too invasive. One was covering 3 other garden beds and killing kale and other plants, the other was slowly smothering our prolific rosemary and hibiscus bushes. I pushed the first one back as far as possible to free up the garden beds again and expose the other plants to some sunshine. I had a big fight with the second one, as it did not want to let go of the rosemary bush! The rosemary bush was looking a bit poorly under the unslaught of the bean vine. I was finally able to pull the vine away from the rosemary bush without too much damage to either of them. There is still some bean vine amongst the hibiscus but I am not too concerned about that as we have a lot of that growing in the garden anyway. I just need to stay on top of those Madagascar bean so it does not get out of control again. They are a great eating bean, but do like to take over the garden!

The rosemary bush was liberated from the suffocating hold of the Madagascar bean vine

The rosemary bush can breathe again!

©2016 Zaia; diyfoodandhealth.com, incorporating Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, simplicity, permaculture, self reliance, self sufficiency, sustainability, food, health and homesteading, weeding and Zaia’s fight with the Madagascar bean plant.

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