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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Weeds

All this rain we've been having (pretty much every day, it seems) has brought with it a bumper crop of weeds. Once again, "showing up" is proving to be the answer. Getting out there and pullling what I can, usually early in the morning, is at least keeping them at bay.

I went the extra mile in the new shrub border next to the deck. One step up from the "newspaper trick" is the "corrugated cardboard trick". I can get plenty of ready-to-recycle (already flattened) cartons from behind the liquor store. Spreading them around, like mulch, in thick layers, to be covered with "real" mulch once it's well wetted down, is making quick work of that area.

Sad to say, some of the weeds are of my own making. Why did I ever think it was a good idea to try morning glories? Pretty, yes, but apparently once you have them you have them forever, and they twine themselves around everything they encounter, and not so charmingly, either. "Strangle" is a word that comes to mind. Now is their sprouting time, and, thanks to the birds, they are finding new and clever places to hide themselves. I found one just this morning coming up under a garbage can in the asphalt driveway.

I am similarly responsible for the gooseneck loosestrife, black-eyed susans, and the yarrow, all of which seemed like good ideas at the time. Ack!

2 Comments:

Blogger Tracy said...

Ahhh, so that's the name of the pesky but beautiful flowers in front of my house! Gooseneck Loosestrife! They came with the house and I actually love them. They get a little forward with me, trying to jump their boundaries, but I pull the aggressors out and we have peace for a little bit longer:)

Thanks for visiting my blog and I am glad to read through yours. Your gardens are lovely, as well as your figure drawings.

2:15 PM  
Blogger sukipoet said...

Yarrow is actually a medicinal "weed' and one i would love to have around. Can be used in winter when one has a cold. The thing about pulling up weeds is you have to get the root. I generally pull on the leaves and leave the root behind. The cardboard idea sounds good. Take care,Suki

PS do you know wurzerl's garden? wurzerlsgarten.blogspot.com

9:13 AM  

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