An old method for weed suppression in orchards

An old method for weed suppression in orchards

A reply to a post in another community reminded me of a time-honored practice in Southern Appalachia. My cousin and good friend Duck first brought it to my attention. In spring, weeds are removed from under the trees in apple orchards, then field or cowpeas are planted among the trees to suppress weeds and fix nitrogen. The mature peas are harvested and eaten before the vines are cut and left in the orchard as compost that is worked into the ground the following spring. My friends and I are experimenting with this method in order to avoid herbicides and improve the fertility of the local clay soil.
Plant ID?

Plant ID?

It rained, and it stopped and 1 ..drinking.. days.

It rained, and it stopped and 1 ..drinking.. days.

Plant or Weed ID: Purslane

Plant or Weed ID: Purslane

Spring!

Spring!

Flowers from my yard

Flowers from my yard

Me too!

Me too!