Going over my notes from the last few years, -I keep a gardening diary- made me aware of how late everything is this year. For the most part, in May of previous years, I have completed all weeding, edging and mulching is under way. This year, with all the wet weather and unseasonal cold temperatures, I am still weeding beds and have not even finished dividing my perennials.
Weeds are prolific this year too! they love a wet spring. Nunber one in my “Weed Alert” list is garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). For those of you who have come across it your garden, my advise is, get rid of it immediately!
I found some in an obscure corner of my garden. As you can see, it has bloomed and has some seed pods which are formed but not mature yet. Lucky me! I still will not take any chances and dispose of the top of this plant in the trash! It blooms the second year. On the top of this picture you can see a rosette of a first year plant, I pulled that one too.
The next weed on this list is ground ivy or creeping charlie (Glechoma hederacea). Oh, it will go on even after I am gone. I have come very close to abandoning my commitment to a complete organic lawn over this weed. Once it takes hold, it goes on spreading and now it rules my lawn. I have done some research and some experts recommend applications of Borax an organic fabric detergent that will not harm the soil of its multitude of inhabitants. Another thing to consider is that this type of weed is a red flag for an existing soil imbalance. Correcting the Ph of the soil by making it more alkaline will discourage most weeds. I will let you know who wins. Please let me know if you have had any luck eradicating this weed.
“But each spring…a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” –– Lewis Gantt
- When you weed, get deep enough to get the roots (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Got Weeds? (moneysupermarket.com)