A Weed by Any Other Name

Friday, July 21st, 2012

weed1    [weed] noun

1.

a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
2.

any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted: The vacant lot was covered with weeds.

And yet…sometimes they are quite beautiful, as with the Morning Glory, or Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), pictured above. Beautiful…and deadly, in the sense that they will choke the life out of your precious little sprouts and seedlings without a second thought.

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To Weed or Not To Weed…

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Really, though, it’s not even a question–weed we must! Constantly, because charming devils like the amaranth purselane (see here) pictured above, though edible (spicy, like arugula), are over-running our best laid plans of mice and gardeners!

We now have special, triangular-shaped tools for weeding between the furrows, but everything else must be done by hand. It’s time consuming, painstaking, and of course absolutely necessary. Look at what a difference it makes:

This, however, represents only about an hour of work.

Do you have any special techniques for staying on top of weeding in your garden?

-SC

Weeding

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

First things first: pull everything up.

That means weeding, a very polarizing past-time. See, there are those who love nothing more than yanking a gritty, trespassing weed from its comfortable squat in your garden. Then there are others who can’t bring themselves to uproot such a delicate, vibrant green sprout, no matter how imposing its presence.

Also weeding is hard work, and some people are lazy.

But not us! Next up: tilling.

-SC, with photo by Bryant

Touring the Garden

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Today we met our garden! It’s located in the southwest area of Salt Lake City proper, near 21st South and 5th East.

Bryant gave us the tour, and a bit of the garden’s history. This space, which is part of some very kind and generous people’s backyard, has been utilized for a few years now to get organically-grown food to the people. BUG Farms uses the space as well. This year they’re growing grains.

We went over the rules and picked out what crops we’d like to plant. You can look forward to corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, basil, and much more!

But first, we had to clear out the old to make room for the new. So…

…today’s work was all about pulling up drip-line and weeds…

…to make room for a Garden City.

-SC