The Weed of the Year award goes to Pokeweed again this year with a close
second of Giant Ragweed. The pokeweed took over the back yard around the
shed to dizzying heights of 7 feet -- since the area was already elevated a
solid 3-4 feet (retaining wall & patio) that 7 feet looked even more
On Sun, 12 Oct 2003 19:06:18 -0400, Zemedelec wrote:
Ground Ivy. It was REALLY, REALLY bad this year. I tried the 2 teaspoons of
Borax in a quart of water on a small patch to test it a few weeks ago and
so far it hasn't done squat. Next will be 4 teaspoons on another patch.
They all did well - lambs quarter, dandelion, sorrel, oxalis, ground ivy,
clover, etc, etc.
But I allow all the weeds to grow until they flower and pull them before
they seed. Most are beneficial to attract insects and the ones with deep tap
roots help to pull up nutrients from the soil. The clovers and sorrel I use
as green mulch.
The ground ivy I definitely pull out of the beds but it makes a nice hardy
ground cover for pathways.
All the usual barnyard ones, we had a new garden with a liberal coating of
barnyard 'poo' beautiful and black, and lots of energy to grow anything put
(purslane, pigweed for sure) and a few others I don't know names of, but
know them from years of garden pulling at the farm.
At least they are easy to pull out!
Weeds? Without Weeds I would HAVE no lawn....guess Lambs quarters,
Greater Mullien, Bull Thistles and Dandelions. And a gravel driveway
loaded with chamomile but I don;t count THAT as a weed!
On 12 Oct 2003 23:06:18 GMT, email@example.com (Zemedelec)
I have a bed I try to keep in "wildflowers".
I usually just grab a couple of packets off the seed racks
in the Spring and mix them and sew them.
This year I put a pack of some sort of "cosmos" on there as we've
planted and loved cosmos in years gone by.
This strain - what ever it was - went to all tops.
It was taller than me before it fell over and the blooms were
tiny and rather insignificant.
They positively crowded out the rest of the bed and we finally
attacked with shovels and machete and ripped the whole mess out.
I didn't save the packet but I wish I had.
I sure as heck don't want that stuff again!
Dan D. Louisville KY good ole USA
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