What do you mean, I didn't plant this? This is none other than the nicest clump of fleabane, (probably Erigeron annuus), a common weed, that I've ever grown. It's blooming in the garden, acting for all the world like it belongs there, like it was I who planted it. I will let it go for now. It's kind of pretty. Plus, there are for more egregious weeds to pull before I yank this out. But I shall not let it go to seed! (Much) Elsewhere in the garden there are ox-eye daisies, … [Read more...] about Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer Do
I must not allow this redbud tree seedling to continue to grow and take over this flower bed. I will cut it out today.I promise.Ugh. Such an ugly picture. I am only showing it here to illustrate how if you do not attend to your flower beds by removing tree seedlings, you'll soon see small trees everywhere.I do realize that some gardeners like to keep the tree seedlings that randomly show up in their gardens. Goodness gracious. If I kept every tree seedling that rooted … [Read more...] about I must not allow
Pssst... over here. I've got something to help you improve your overall garden weeding experience. Interested? I'm not sharing this secret something with everyone. Just a few people. Like you readers who have wisely chosen to read this blog post. This secret something isn't the digging knife in the picture above, though that is a good tool to have and one that is useful for weeding. Nor is it my latest new weeding tool, the DeWit Ninja Cultivator, which I started using today and I think I … [Read more...] about Something to Improve Your Garden Weeding Experience
I was feeling pleased with myself, even a little smug, about how well I was keeping up with the weeds in my garden. I thought for once I was in control of the situation and the weeds were sort of, kind of, mostly, possibly vanquished from at least those areas where I attempted to remove them. (Hey, don't go back behind the grape arbor, I haven't gotten back there to weed. Stay where I tell you!) Anyway, I was resting on my laurels a bit, looking at the places in the garden where I had … [Read more...] about Pop-up showers, it’s all in the roots of the beholder
I just read about an unusual weather record we set here in Indianapolis. The days between December 25 and January 4 are the coldest stretch of days we've ever had in Indianapolis, at least since they started keeping weather records. Naturally, during this cold spell, which has included a few too many mornings with temperatures featuring minus signs, I've been thinking about weeding my garden. I would like to weed my garden now, of course, because I can't with all the snow and cold and … [Read more...] about A New Weeding Device
Garden troubles? You think you've got garden troubles? If you've got garden troubles, pull up a chair, grab a tall glass of iced tea and let me tell you all about my troubles and then you can tell me all about yours. Misery loves company and a good gripe session. First of all, I was doing some deadheading and weeding in Plopper's Field, my perennial border where I just plop plants in wherever there is a blank spot and hope for the best. I pulled a weed out of the way of this phlox and … [Read more...] about Garden Troubles? You think you’ve got garden troubles?