Weeding, weeding, weeding

They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I’ve concluded weeds must have brains. 

~Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994

Truth.  I spent two hours weeding the backyard and side of the house today!  Some of those weeds were hard to see!

Bastard plant!I should have taken before and after pictures, but I wasn’t in the blogging frame of mind.  Silly me!  It would’ve been great to show the transformation!  I still haven’t asked Ben’s Dad what the name of the weed that’s everywhere is again.  And now it’s too late to call him.

Wait!  I found it!  Google is great.  It’s called cleavers.  It’s a horrible, horrible plant.  It goes everywhere.  The only upside is that you can drag your garden fork or garden glove over it and it’ll stick, so it’s relatively easy to pull most of it up, but then you have to find the roots.

I picked up about 8,123,423 cabbage tree leaves, too.  Anyone who has ever had a cabbage tree on their property can tell you this is the best job ever.  I never want another cabbage tree for as long as I live.  I didn’t even get all of them…

It was a good work out though.  Could definitely feel the burn in my shoulders, back,  and calves when I came back inside.

I don’t know how anyone is honestly supposed to keep things from growing through gravel when there’s not really enough gravel anymore.  Maybe I should quietly ask my land lord for more gravel for the paths.  He would probably say no!  I don’t want to spray anything that will hurt the worms or the soil, but holy cow, weeds grow fast.

Slightly more exciting than weeds — my first courgette looks like a real courgette already!  I know might not be exciting to anyone but me, but I’m ok with that.

I went out early yesterday morning to see if I could catch the female flower open, but it looks like that window has passed.  I just hope that it was fully pollinated and that my first courgette continues growing and doesn’t turn to mush like so many of them do.

The first male flower was open yesterday, though and it’s almost as pretty on the inside as the female one! :) And, the first snow pea flower has appeared!  My runner beans are at the top of all the tall stakes and the spring onions & carrots are looking good.  It’s all happening! :D

Male flower on the right

First snow pea flower

Look at the little courgette! :D :D

How can you not look at that and smile?  It’s so cute!  And tasty!  I want to eat it!  Soon.

Is there anything that has you very excited in your world?

Cleavers photo credit


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marita
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 01:15:25

    I love this time of year in the garden! I’m eating my first grape tomatoes and strawberries for the season, and watching my peaches ripen – very exciting!


  2. Bridget
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:06:50

    Cleaver is a useful wild herb…used as a blood cleanser.


    • gwen
      Nov 18, 2011 @ 09:43:37

      Would you like some? You can have it! One man’s weed is another man’s plant? A weed to me is something growing where I don’t want it to be. xD


  3. promenadeplantings
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:11:58

    I’m smiling :) (not at the weeds tho!)


  4. Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 07:18:48

    Looking beautiful! I rush out everyday to see how my garden is growing too! It’s very exciting. Oh and I freaking hate weeds!! Grr must go out and do some more!


    • gwen
      Nov 18, 2011 @ 10:03:52

      The first roses on our mystery rosebushes in the back have started opening. Looks like the larger one is some sort of white rose!


  5. boyssmell
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 16:49:04

    I think my issue is that I never know if something is a weed or a plant. I am afraid to garden one day, I won’t know what to do!


  6. Daph
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 19:34:11

    I love gwen’s garden, seriously jealous of all the fun stuff blooming everywhere. I was like, “Ooh, courgette!!”


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