Just Took a Baby Step with Weed Garden

two views of same section of partially weeded garden. © Marsha Musselman 2016
Midland, Michigan
July 31, 2016 4:47pm CST
I just took a few minutes to weed a small section of my 'weed' garden. I call it that because even though there are about four actual plants in it, the majority of this garden on the side of my front yard is weeds. It doesn't seem to matter how much time I take weeding they just get worse and worse. I finally realized that I need to plant something where I've weeded so the weeds have nowhere to go. Today is a cool day with a smattering of rain in the forecast, but the temps will be climbing the rest of the week. I transplanted a border plant of which I don't know the name, from the other side of my yard to this area. I also put in some seeds both perennials and annuals. The first is called Aubrieta and is good for rock gardens, of which I have none. The second is pinks which is an older seed packet and may not grow anyway. Maybe I can continue to bite off small sections of the weeds until I have it all seeded with something else. Wish me luck. It'll probably take me several years.
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@just4him (116872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Aug 16
That's the spirit! Perseverance. I hope you're able to push the weeds back and watch your new plants grow.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Aug 16
I think the key is to stay on top of the project which isn't always possible. Also, I'm determined to transplant some of what I have elsewhere into that spot along with planting a few seeds. I know it's a bit late in the season for seed planting, but with the warmer weather, I'm hoping they will germinate faster and maybe still grow next year. I'm usually too busy in the spring and early summer to do much with any of the garden areas around the house and they all need lots of work.
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@just4him (116872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Aug 16
@MarshaMusselman Maybe do some fall planting, that way the plants will come up in the spring and you'll have less weeds to deal with.
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• Midland, Michigan
11 Aug 16
@just4him That's what I'm hoping. With our lack of rain my periennials have quit flowering already, several months too soon. Some of them I'll split up and move over to the area I'm still weeding. A gal where I did windows today and that gave me some seeds to a tiger lily plant, said the seeds should germinate even if they're older.
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• United States
31 Jul 16
Im lucky to even grow a weed! It does look like you have nice soil though. What kind of border did you plant?
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• Midland, Michigan
31 Jul 16
I don't remember the name of the plant, but I got it from a customer some years ago. It spreads but very slowly, so it shouldn't encroach upon the lawn. It's a thick green leaf and has a yellow flower in the summer. If I do the lady this year that gave it to me, I'll find out the name and put it here. Are you saying you have a black thumb?
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• United States
1 Aug 16
@MarshaMusselman Yes I do and I so love plants inside and out but I am definitely not good with them. :(
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@Susan2015 (20580)
• United States
31 Jul 16
The weeds just don't seem to stop. I've tried to pull them up from the driveway and it's hard to get them out.
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• Midland, Michigan
1 Aug 16
I give up on the driveway ones. If I could afford putting down asphalt instead of cement that would surely help, but those will be allowed to grow otherwise, or my employee may mow them down periodically. I've even sprayed them before which helps for that year but they're back in full force the next.
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@amadeo (65750)
• United States
31 Jul 16
I do not envy you.I hate with a passion weeding.I used to do this when I was younger.Now I let the weed take over for some.
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• Midland, Michigan
31 Jul 16
If I didn't want flowers there, I'd use a weed and feed and try to get more grass growing in that area.
@xFiacre (4438)
• Ireland
31 Jul 16
@marshamusselman Just call the weeds flowers and you'll not feel you have to pull them. Works for me.
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• Midland, Michigan
31 Jul 16
Most of the weeds are grass type and obnoxious as far as I'm concerned. They seem to get worse every year, or maybe it only seems that way since I don't have the necessary time to get at that job often enough.
@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
1 Aug 16
Weeding is a hard task and when you have finished it seems that it's time to start over. Good luck Marsha.
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• United States
1 Aug 16
'tis diff'cult to grow from seeds'n such, best to start 'em off'n pots 'n then transplant 'em when their root systems're stronger.
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
2 Aug 16
I have been trying to beat back the weeds that are encroaching around my blueberry bushes. I've gotten three cleared out, and have two more to go. Unfortunately it's been hot and swampy here lately!
@jaboUK (53924)
• United Kingdom
1 Aug 16
There are quite a few plants that act as ground cover so that the weeds don't get a look-in.