What to do in the rain? Weed!

Yesterday was the first day in about a week on which it did not rain, and we actually saw sunshine! I have to tell you that it's frustrating at this time of year to be unable to do much outside for days at a time.

Luckily, there's one activity that is perfectly suited to a sopping wet garden: weeding (or de-weeding, depending on how you look at it)! That's what I did on each of those days when the rain let up.


When my clay soil is really wet, weeds slide out so easily -- including most of the violets! I can even pull some dandelion taproots out without any digging, but not every one. When my soil has dried out even a bit -- say to the level that allows you to dig in it -- the difference is amazing. Those weed roots grab so much more tightly then! I rarely pull weeds when the soil isn't wet.

My strategy with weeding is to attack a small area at a time.

Even with larger beds I'll break it up into zones, and task myself with clearing a zone at a time.

This way I can stop when I get bored -- which is essential to keeping weeding from being a hated task -- and still feel like I've "finished" the job.

I normally would have gotten lots of these weeds out weeks ago, but the lingering cold has put me a little behind schedule in that area.

Makes me wonder: if we hadn't had a week of rainy days, when would these weeds have come out?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (May 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM)  

My least favorite task. And since our soil is rarely wet at this time of year, I have to dig them out (or judiciously apply Round-Up).

Alan  – (May 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM)  

Round-up?! Have you tried vinegar (horticultural strength) or flame weeding? Although I suppose flame-weeding is probably not a good idea in your dry climate.

MulchMaid  – (May 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM)  

You're a wise man to get the weeds out as soon as you can. I still haven't figured out how to get just the weeds out when they have cleverly managed to germinate in the crown of a multi-stemmed ground cover.

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (May 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM)  

I like the small area of weeds at a time.
I also find that is the easiest way to bring their numbers down.

Steve Lau  – (May 8, 2013 at 8:35 PM)  

I like using the dandelions and milkweeds as organic fertilizer for my vegetables as they seem to provide an immediate boost of nutrients when they decompose rapidly. I usually use a large hoe to harvest all the weeds and bring them in a cart to my garden.

Once the weeds are underground and ready to be devoured by my vegetable roots, they really have no chance of regrowing.

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