As the wind blows in a new season…
Yes, summer is on the way and the tulips are history until next Spring. Fragile petals get blown down by the force of strong winds. Now it’s the Peonies turn to shed petals. And shed they do. The peonies made a quick show of things this year. But there are more than pretty flowers in the garden this year!
It seems the weather is changing and if predictions are correct, we are in for a hot, dry summer once again. Both conditions lead to a bevy of garden weeds.
I have always accepted a somewhat laissez-faire approach to weeds, learning to live with a few weeds. Some neighbors prefer the perfect lawn, and declare an all-out herbicide war on the invaders. Others let nature have full reign and they are the ones spreading the weed wealth. I am a bit less accepting now though since my garden was dusted in weeds.
The number of weed seed sitting in the soil seed-bank from the last few years were patiently waiting to germinate, and are now wreaking havoc unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. The neighborhood was covered in a sea of dandelions.
This will be a problem next year as well because seeds have dormancy and longevity in the soil, so that means generations of weeds to come. Dandelions next year will be a nightmare.
I have been digging out weeds almost daily. The problem with digging is exposing more weed seed. In the next few days, more weeds appear.
Farmers on the other hand are increasing herbicide applications, both pre-emergent and post-emergent. Weeds for them have become a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. The reason farmers have been so weed-plagued is wet springs delay planting, followed by excessively dry weed prone summers. The change in weather patterns is wreaking havoc in some places where our food is grown.
Farmers need to consider more than just herbicides for weed management, like using time-tested cultural control methods. Narrow row spacing, cover crops, crop rotation, hedge rows, companion planting, and tillage where necessary. Traditional farmers are the ones using the variety of these methods. Factory farms well…
Along with the pulling and digging weeds in my own garden, it gave me an opportunity to dig out and pot up Iris, coreopsis, Hosta, Rudbeckia, sun drops, fern, daylilies, Shasta daisies, coneflower and more. My back garden looks like a nursery at the moment.
Has it been a busy year in your garden? Weeds here have been abundant and growing fast. It was a battle to combat the rampant crabgrass, chickweed, creeping Charlie, dandelions, purslane and Plantains. Although I was not to work in the garden until my year was up in September, luckily I have been feeling “in the pink” at least.
Like floating on air…