Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Stellaria media (Common Chickweed)

If you are a gardener, you will relate to this post.  It's about the miserable garden weed - chickweed

Anyone who has gardened in the same spot for more than a year or two will have picked up chickweed from somewhere, or else it occurs by some religious intervention out of nowhere.  It's a losing battle trying to weed it, because it's hard to get all the roots and by time you notice it growing it will likely already have seeded.

Seriously what kind of plant can practically still be flowering and the seed pod is almost ready to pop open and disperse another 15,000 seeds per plant?  The snow was barely off my garden a month ago and I noticed  some of the cling-ons from last year in flower and by now they have already seeded once.  The only redeeming feature (apart from all those gardening magazines that claim it's good to eat) is that if you can get your plants above it, it forms kind of a ground cover and keeps the soil moist and slows down all the other weeds that would be competing for bare earth.  I don't know of any other strategy than weeding and fallowing a garden to deal with it, or just accept it for what it is.  Grizzly

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