|Oxalis pes-caprae in the garden of someone who says, "Well at least it's green and has pretty flowers."|
While I can get disheartened seeing those little clover-like leaves sprouting up from each plant's single main stem every flipping year, I do see less and less the more and more I pull early in the season - before the bulblets start to form along the stem. I hand pull and try to get as much of the root as I can.
|THIS is my garden. I am definitely making progress. This is an area I've worked on for two years.|
I focus my efforts on a couple of garden areas, working thoroughly and repeatedly before the bulblets come. And then do the best I can on the rest. Next year - the same procedure, but many fewer plants in the focus areas. Some areas are almost clear now, just a few plants to pull. But it's a long haul.
To avoid depression, I focus on a defined small patch that I can clear by the end of one weeding session. That way, I can feel a sense of accomplishment when I'm done, rather than the endless torments of Sisyphus's gardening sister. If I find myself scrabbling at the plant tops, not really pulling each plant in Zen-like serenity - I know I've been too optimistic about what I can achieve in one session.
|The Patch Weeded - and Beyond. (The slab is for a garden seat TBD.)|
|I added some local Juncus to the weeded area to help stabilize the down-slope side of the path.|
|I have to be careful not to weed the locally native redwood sorrel, Oxalis oregana!|
There are other approaches, and I'm working on one of them in this part of the garden - the north slope part. That is to sheet mulch the long snaking path that goes around the contour of the hillside. More on that anon!
Happy new year to one and all - may your gardening year ahead be full of growing - and weeding - success.