- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
now that i'm done with the fine weeding of the ground covers along the edges and out and away from most of the spring bulbs i can dig a big hole and bury most of the rest but it will mean sacrificing some of the strawberry plants i started in there last year. it won't happen this week or likely next but i've got to quarantine all of those oxalis seeds or i'm sunk... there's some crabgrass in there too, but not too much i can deal with that...Ouch. Been there, done that, when a wet year kept me from weeding the low end of the garden. I'm still battling all of the weed seed built up from that year... with my main plot being fallow this year, I should finally make some progress.
Oxalis, thistle (several species), creeping jenny, and crabgrass are the perennial antagonists in my gardens. I let the gardens go fallow for a year if the thistle or creeping jenny get out of control. The oxalis is more annoying than anything else, it doesn't really hurt anything, but it just won't go away. Crabgrass, now - that's WAR!!!
as for creeping jenny i use that as a groundcover in the low spot and it has finally filled in that area so i don't have quite so many weeds. it still gets some, but not nearly as many in that place as before. i have to weed it a few times a year. i'm encouraging it to grow along that edge further and up the slope and also letting strawberries grow over it so there is more than one layer of cover and the strawberries even give me something in return for the weeding effort. i'm just messing around with trying different things as cover and then seeing if strawberries will produce with that underneath. if the deer didn't keep munching off the strawberry plants i'd get a lot more from them...