Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Gallery of Ne'er Do Wells

We're on the cusp of starting the harvest season here at the Cheapskate's garden. Looks like we might have a slightly paltry first crop but with overseeding and warm weather, summer should be producing something more like a bumper crop.

In the meantime, I'm spending time working with the plants that REALLY do well here, the weeds.  As I pull them up, let's see what's clogging up my garden this week.

The Scourge of Spurge...this little guy is a bit on the nasty side. Not too bad if you get it early but let it ride for a week...

...and you get these mats along with deep, hard-to-pull-up roots.  Not to mention, it has a sticky sap that gets all over your hands and resists efforts to pull up with a glove.

Grass sprouts up here and there. Pull as soon as possible to avoid deep rooted clumps.

Oxalis (pictured at the top of the page) have spring-loaded exploding seed pods (really!) and are impossible to eradicate completely.

Oak trees are native in my area. Squirrels, jays, and woodpeckers stash the acorns everywhere, leading to this unique weed...the oak tree seedling.

Finally, palm trees. Enough already. I spend more time pulling up these free-sprouting seedlings than anything else.

Here, you can see the little seed too.  That's one more palm tree that won't be growing in Southern California.

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  1. I love this post! I found myself laughing out loud, thank you! At least you are keeping your sense of humor. We have much of the same down here in Texas. Those palms pop up in the most inconvenient places!

  2. Yes, and if you let them grow too big, they're the devil to pull out.