Weed, weed, weed

This excerpt is from Sugar Snaps and Strawberries by Andrea Bellamy. Find it at:

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You’ve planned and plotted. You’ve planted your plot. And now, as Tom Petty once noted, the waiting is the hardest part. Not that we recommend just waiting. There’s a lot that can be done to keep your plants healthy and growing. This excerpt from Sugar Snaps and Strawberries covers the basics from a vegetable gardener’s perspective, though the advice applies to other plants, as well. … Read more

This excerpt is from Beautiful No-Mow Yards by Evelyn J. Hadden. Find it at:

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Late spring is when the lawn chores kick into high gear, with the grass (and weeds) growing at fever pitch. Would it save time and effort to convert some of your lawn to a different type of landscape? And what are the most ecological ways to care for the lawn you keep? Beautiful No-Mow Yards has the answers. … Read more

This excerpt is from The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture by Christopher Shein. Find it at:

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Weeds may be uninvited guests in our gardens, but many of them are edible — and even delicious! Rather than spending a lot of time and energy getting rid of them (to say nothing of the effects of chemical weedkillers), consider this list of edible weeds from The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture (which can also be downloaded as a PDF for printing). … Read more

This excerpt is from How to Eradicate Invasive Plants by Teri Dunn Chace. Find it at:

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It is perhaps the key question in the endless battle between humans and weeds: how do you get rid of the plants you don’t want, while nurturing the plants you do? There isn’t one simple answer. In fact, there’s a whole arsenal of options, from low-impact solutions on up to the weed equivalent of the nuclear option. This chapter from How to Eradicate Invasive Plants explains everything you need to consider. … Read more

This excerpt is from The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers by Teri Dunn Chace. Find it at:

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It happens every spring. While we do everything we can to make sure the plants we love are doing well, the plants we don’t love — the weeds, the invasives — are doing just fine without us. This chapter of The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers tells you the right way to deal with weeds, as well as what to do if you think you’ve done something wrong. … Read more