5. The Weed Issue

Dock weed has a long tap root

I’m talking about GARDEN weeds (don’t get excited – even though I live on the Sunshine Coast, I’m not into growing Weed.)

The invasive broom was imported

Blackberry will pop up anywhere, but doesn't like shady locations

Our lot has been totally cleared by excavator at least twice. I have learned the hard way that disturbing the natural soil layer makes it more attractive for weeds to get a foothold. More than a foothold: a 4 foot-deep stranglehold! The reasons weeds exist in such profusion are because they have no natural predators and they have a very efficient propagation/seed distribution system. Deer and insects don’t eat them. We can mow them, if the ground is smooth enough. But, basically they have to be dug/pulled. And, in the case of blackberry and horsetail, any segment of root remaining in the soil will generate a brand new plant. It’s no wonder that organic gardeners feel as though they’re losing the battle.

Look at the clever camoflage - trying to hide behind the daffodil

Primordial horsetail will be here long after we're gone

My sister-in-law, Pam, passed this recipe for an organic weed-killer:

4 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp dish detergent
add a little water to the solution.

Remember it has to be applied in warm weather.

I used it along the pathway, where the horsetails poke their way out from underneath the landscape cloth. It seems to work on a temporary basis, at least.

These are my worst herbal enemies here at This Green Life. The WWOOFers and I will fight them to the ……… slight reduction and replacement by friendlier herbs.

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6 thoughts on “5. The Weed Issue

  1. Those horse tails are all over my garden and it doesn’t matter what I do, they always come back!! Frustrating.

    Nice to see a new blog :)

  2. You have to have a grudging admiration for horsetails: they have been with us since before there was an “us”: they’re literally 100 million+ years old. In fact they are the predecessor to trees. But they’re still a pain in the ass.

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