Tuesday, May 22

Gardens Gone Wild

Sometimes a cultivated community garden plot or park space goes to seed and you're left with something like this:

Now, some of these plants are edibles, some are great herbs and fruits, but many of the tall ones are a pain because they flower and send there seed everywhere and then every neighbor in the garden has them coming up (like mine does now).

Most of these are dandelion which are flowering, so it's time for them to come out.  Gloves are a good idea with dandelions, and you want to pull them out from the very base, sometimes you need two hands, because they have serious taproots that go down deep.

Mixed in with the dandelions are some great multicolored sage and oregano and strawberries.  There might be more in there, so taking out the dandelions will be like an archaeological excavation...once they start coming out you'll see the smaller plants they have been dwarfing.  I would keep the herbs and fruit since they are established, meaning won't need much water or care to keep them going.  They herbs have a nice round shape that makes a nice edge for the 10 x 10 bed.

Sage and Oregano
Behind the oregano, though is a huge section of mint, which is awesome for Mojitos, not so great for community gardens.  It spreads and even when you rip it out, it comes back again and again.  If you want it in the garden, it's better to keep it in a pot with a solid base so the roots can't spread and not to let it go to flower.  It's great for tea and Middle Eastern dishes.  I think it's on our garden's do not plant list.

Mint Gone Wild

Flowers are in bloom and everyone seems to have some really bright flower going right now.

Sweet William

Radishes and strawberries are going crazy.  I harvested these radishes, then two days later they flowered, so I think those plants are done for.  Just got too hot too fast!

The regular rain and muggy weather has everything growing double-time, so this potato has tripled in size in three weeks.  Hopefully the soggy weather won't lead to blight on the tomatoes and zucchini.

Potato Plant Before
Potato Plant Now

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