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Re: poke/now garlic mustard


Wow - I guess so. No poke and no garlic mustard. Just *&%!! sticker
vines. Lord knows, I just gave up on dandelions. But those long roots do
loosen up the clay, so at least they have some usefulness.

We probably don't get enough cold for garlic mustard to germinate.  But if I ever see any - out it goes!!  Thanks for the heads up.

Pam


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 14 Jan 2003 01:13:03 -0500

>Well, Pam, if it hasn't reached you yet, count your lucky stars. 
>Talk about a weed!  I HATE  garlic mustard.  Spend my life in spring
>when I should be doing other stuff pulling it by the cartload.  It is
>one of those plants whose stems easily break off at ground line,
>leaving a nice fat root that will sprout again.  It sets a zillion
>seeds with a seedbank life of at least 5 years in the soil.  It will
>germinate no matter what once it's had a cold period - so could be it
>would not get enough of one where you are - pray it does not.
>
>It is marching through the east like Sherman; consuming woodland and
>shading out all native nice guy seedlings.  It's even heading west
>and hitting Illinois and adjacent states...
>
>This was brought over by our forefathers as a potherb. It is
>incredibly high in vitamins A and C and since it is green very early,
>they used it.  I has no real natural predators at this point although
>studies are underway regarding biocontrols, but considering the very
>long time it takes to prove those, doubt I'll see them in my
>lifetime.
>
>I used to have a list of most hated weeds, but all have been
>superseded by garlic mustard.  It wins the prize hands down.
>
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>mtalt@hort.net
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>> From: Pamela J. Evans <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>> 
>> Kitty - thanks for the info - cool season probably explains why
>I've
>> never seen the stuff. Although my henbit looks like small lavender
>now,
>> but it prefers the unamended clay in the yard as opposed to the
>mostly
>> amended beds. I guess Howard Garrett and I are the only people who
>like
>> henbit. It doesn't even wreck havoc in the herb bed, because it
>sops up
>> the excess moisture this time of year which would otherwise do in
>my
>> lavenders. And the rosemary and artemisia don't notice it at all.
>So I
>> let it go. It's pretty and useful and it's deader than a door nail
>> halfway through March. That garlic mustard must be bad in cooler
>> climates though, Marge seems to be unenamored of it too.
>
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Kemp TX/zone 8A
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