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everything coming up weeds? some help

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: Everything seems to be coming up weeds. It can really help to know your opponent–and also, sometimes, simply to commiserate with other gardeners who are facing the problem plants that came with the place (like my profusion of garlic mustard, above), and also perhaps a few they inadvertently introduced themselves. These stories may help you fight the good fight:

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  1. Laurie Meyer says:

    Hi Margaret! I have been most successful in eradicating the garlic mustard from my gardens with diligent hand weeding. However, I have noticed that the roadsides around my home are loaded with this nasty bi-annual in full bloom! I am preparing for the onslaught!

  2. Leslie says:

    Hey, think again…they actually make a very nutritious food! Susun Weed has a great article about this: Weeds in Your Garden? — Bite Back!
    She says, “I always say the gardener’s best revenge is to eat the weeds. I’ve been doing it for thirty years and can testify that my health and the health of my garden has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who’d rather eat their weeds than hate them…”

  3. Mandy says:

    Here in England, we call this Jack-by-the-Hedge . . . deceptively attractive leaves for the beginner – and the next thing you know . . . .

    1. margaret says:

      Fascinating, Mandy — that the common name in the UK for garlic mustard is Jack-by-the-hedge. Makes it sound almost like something you’d want to have…but then you quickly find out otherwise! Nice to see you.

  4. joan packer says:

    Margaret,
    Thank you for identifying that prolific weed pilea pumila. I had looked everywhere and asked everyone last summer when it was driving me mad. It has always been around but last summer I saw far more of it than ever. Vast expanses of it sprouted everywhere and pulling all of it from my 1 acre garden in central CT seemed hopeless. Garlic mustard also bad here but pilea takes the cake.

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