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Pulled out most of the crabgrass. Thinking of leaving some.

Category: Vegetable Gardening | Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:10 pm

I know, it is an odd thing to say, but I am thinking of leaving some crabgrass in the garden. I've got 75% of it out, and the last bit will be dug into soon. I want to get it away from the tomatoes, beans, and squash, but I am thinking of leaving it around the watermelon. Here's my idea about it: My garden bed is on a bit of a hill. Last year, I had the watermelon at the bottom of the hill. It grew well, but the melons were not sweet at all. I was told that they got too much water. They get sweeter from a little dryness. So, this year, I've moved the watermelon to the top of the garden and, with this crabgrass, I'm thinking that when it rains, the crabgrass will help absorb any extra water around the watermelon. With this tropical storm we just had, I'm thinking the crabgrass may have come in handy. I'm still irritated that it is crabgrass and not alfalfa, so I do still intend to call the company, but this will hold me over until I can get some better flowers or herbs to plant around the watermelon to absorb any excessive moisture.
Any thoughts?

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waretrop wrote on Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:28 pm:

I don't take all weeds out of my corn. My thought was that they may give the stalks some support. I think I will stake them like tomatoes next year.

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