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Jun 6, 2020 3:02 PM CST
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Milpitas, CA
So I have been doing research earlier on how to make my ground more fertile. Besides putting in compost and OM I was thinking to put in dandelions to break up my clay dirt. And also in the fall I would plant sugar snap peas and let them grow "wild" in my designated garden zone, and then kill them and let it become OM to be decomposed. I've heard of this combo from numerous sources, even a few here at ATP!

I was wondering if I could plant dandelions alongside my veggies. I've heard that dandelions release a gas that promotes nearby plants' fruit production as well as fruit ripening!

I can only see benefits. But alas, there's always something I'm not seeing, so I thought I'd ask. I do control the seed heads. I chop them off and collect the seeds. I have hundreds of not thousands! If the dandelions would only be a little nuisance, then I would definitely do it. The only thing that would turn me off, is if the dandelions would somehow kill my veggies. Which I don't see happening, since dandelions are low growing.

Any thoughts? I'm at 90% "do it!"
Please if you have thoughts or theories or suggestions or do this and don't do that, or do it this way not that way, please share!

Please and thank you, as always!
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Jun 7, 2020 2:34 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Very interesting and I would love to see your results after you finish. Can you post some photos so we can see, before and after photos?
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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Jun 7, 2020 8:08 AM CST
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Milpitas, CA
Sure. I'm tilling the ground right now. Won't be ready for plants until the end of this week, if I am lucky.

Guess this will be my own little trial. What works in one area may not work in the next...
Jun 8, 2020 5:37 AM CST
South-central Iowa (Zone 5b)
Dandelions producing ethylene would only ripen the fruit. It tends to suppress growth of plants in the vicinity. They are also heavy feeders, which makes them very nutritious, but also competition. I allow dandelions in the yard. I have a few honeybee hives, so I happily leave them. But not in the garden. I don't find any benefit. I have clay as well.
Jun 8, 2020 6:15 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Have you read this?

I think your Idea has merit... and I wouldn't stop with dandylions.

I don't know what grows out in California, but there are ways to do what you have in mind that check multiple boxes...

Like for instance, planting lambsquarter... I like the chenopodium giganteum...
Pretty enough for the flower bed, tastes like chard, feeds the songbirds in the winter, as well as helping to break up the clay!

Pokeweed is real pretty, won't be stopped by the clay, feeds the mockingbirds...

Most people plant clover... roots down some 15 feet... and if you can grow alfalfa... that roots down 30 feet!

I would not kill the sugar snap peas... I'd pick them for the table.... I also grow fava beans in the winter...
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