There is a half acre meadow beside our home I have access to plant on (actually the owner really WANTS me to put something there so he doesn't have to mow it).
My first attempt at veggie gardening there was a COMPLETE disaster (I got 1 cuke, 3 beans & 1 carrot...) because of the amount of weeds. It's been left wild for a number of years now.
This year were are planning on putting pumpkins in there because they are so quick growing & with big leaves they are going to over-shadow at least SOME of the weeds & hopefully have a good chance (definitely going to start them indoors NOW so they are big).
I also had planned to put my broom corn in there, now I'm thinking I'd like to move the sweet corn out of the garden & maybe find somewhere else to put the broom corn - because, from my understanding, it's not good to keep them close together?
What else can I put in to this field what will almost be invasive? I'd much rather have something like mint, catnip & parsley (which I'm already planning on using in there) instead of thistle!!! Which I spend a great deal of my time in the summer, digging back out of MY lawn!
How about a zucchini plant or two?
Would water-melon be strong enough?