Plants of the week - March 10th 2018

posted by Ron Wilson -

I couldn’t this week’s picks be anything but the cute little ‘weeds’ we’re seeing growing like ‘weeds’ right now; namely Chickweed, Purple Dead Nettle, Henbit, and Hairy Bittercress (although several others may be starting to show as well – like annual bluegrass, horseweed, speedwell, bedstraw and even the rosettes of poison hemlock, which we will address later in the season).  I bring these up right now because the short spurts of warm weather has these winter annuals (which actually germinated last fall and have been sitting patiently for a little warm weather) growing like crazy so they can flower, seed and die.  And it happens just like that!   The secret to control is simply raking them out of where they’re growing.  They’re annuals, and die.  And make sure you rake them before they flower and set seed!  In lawns, get the lawn thicker and these winter annuals can’t grow.  In open beds and gardens, apply a pre-emergent in late summer to stop the seeds from growing.  By the way, did you know that these are all basically edible, with Chickweed being one of the most nutritious greens you can eat?  So, I say this: “If you can’t beat ‘em, just eat ‘em!”





Purple Dead Nettle










Hairy Bittercress





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