Have you ever had to go on a “Search and Destroy” mission?
I just did that over the weekend and again this morning.
Due to the frequent rains of springtime, our planting work has been held at bay. Finally, we were able to get the vegetable garden in just 2 days ago. While outdoors with the garden work I got to observe some new growth in the windbreak. Sometimes it can be a delight or it can prompt a task.
Today. I went to pick some fresh asparagus. Before I got the job done I made my way out to our newly cleared windbreak area. Since my husband removed dead trees and brush last summer, the sun has now been able to blaze its rays on some very old currant bushes. From them I have high hopes for a fruitful harvest.
Yet as I admired them I became distracted when I spied some nettles lurking amongst the berry bushes. I just happened to have plastic shopping bag in my pocket. I used the bag like a glove and began pulling up the fiery weeds. Just as I finished one group of nettles, I noticed another and then another. On and on I went to search for them and pull them up with as much root as possible.
While on my way looking for the unwanted greenery in my windbreak, I noticed the curling tendrils of another unwanted plant…the wild cucumber.
My admiration of the currants led to a long task of disarming these enemies of the new space my husband had made for our much more desirable plants.
Early June happens to be a great time to get these pesky wild cucumber weeds because:
1. They are still small.
2. Many primary leaves are turning yellow so they can be seen easily amongst the other greenery growing nearby.
3. It is much easier to get the roots out while the plants are still young.
Get them out now!! Otherwise they will travel to tree tops and cover many plants. The wild cucumber can kill trees and overpower plants. Don’t let them get the best of your yard, garden or trees. Seek them out, before they multiply.
photo credit: Bretta Grabau
photo credit: Wenda Grabau