No garden is without its weeds--Thomas Fuller
I’m excited to see Old Man Winter leave this year and warmer weather arrive. I’m not much for snow, and although we didn’t get dumped on like the northeast, Southern Ohio had its share, along with sub-zero wind chills that winter-burned my Monroe evergreens.
I’m extra excited about this year’s growing season, because I’ve started a new gardening blog called A Writer’s Garden—Through the Garden Gate with… A group of other writers (including my hostess today, Anne), and me, Catherine Castle, will be sharing our gardens, our love of flowers and veggies, our garden trials, triumphs, and other garden thoughts with readers.
Oh, and weeds. I forgot to mention weeds. I’m sure to be talking about weeds.
I don’t know about you, but weeds are the bane of my little Eden. The property was a farmer’s field that had all the good soil dragged off when the subdivision was built, leaving nothing but rock, sand, and grit. Not much, but weeds, grows in this kind of soil. Even when I’ve built the soil up, those little bugger weeds find their way to the surface, en masse. This spring there’s a carpet of creeping charley and a yet unidentifiable winter weed, which I think might be chickweed, in the vegetable bed. Tiny shoots appeared last fall right before it became too cold to garden. Apparently, the last bag of dirt I poured into the raised bed was riddled with weed seeds.
Last summer a crop of this...
I didn’t plant the item, so I knew it wasn’t a flower, at least not in the conventional understanding of flowers. So, I took a photo and headed for the computer. What I found was
A very prickly, sharp-edged weed that needs to be handled with care. I put on my long rubber gloves, cut the weeds down with pruners, trashed them, and dug out the roots. I shot the ground with weed killer (reserved for paths and hillside weeds) and mulched the area.
That patch hasn’t returned, but this morning a different spot of low, weedy carpeting, that I had not tended to yet, shot up two feet and flowered.
What about you? What weeds are you fighting this spring? Are you as obsessive as me about knowing what they are, or do you just dig the buggers up?
A special thanks today to my host, Anne, for allowing me to talk about A Writer’s Garden. I hope you’ll come visit Anne, the rest of the gardener writers, and me at A Writer’s Garden—Through the Garden Gates with …
Thanks, Catherine for dropping by today. I've pulled many weeds (including Horsenettle) in my gardens in Indiana. Now I may be snapping pictures and searching the internet to name the little buggers. Happy Gardening!