Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the garden… here are a few more weeds to be on the lookout for in your garden.
Prompt hand pulling is the fastest way to get rid of these weeds if you need them gone, so keep a sharp eye out and snatch them from the garden when they appear. They are good in wild areas, however, and many of them feed the birds and shelter insects.
I loved reading about these weeds that I’ve known as familiar friends for years. Smartweed can be used like a soil health barometer. The bigger and lusher it looks, the better your soil. I leave mine because the lovely deep pink seeds are cherished by my chickens.
I wonder if the black nightshade might not be red root pigweed. I have lots of that in my garden, too.
I found your pictures of weeds very informative. Thanks!
What is the name of the best weed killer,
especially the ones that come up through a brick walk?
It depends on what weed you’re killing, and what else is growing around it. If you come into the store and bring a photo of the weeds you have in your brick wall we’re happy to help you find the best product for your situation.
Thank you for your quick guide to common weeds with interesting & quotable facts. Who knew that there was actually a thumb smudge on the “Smartweed” leaf (aka Lady’s Thumb??
Besides my rock labels by herbs & flowers, trees…perhaps I ought to label the weeds.
The weeds OUTSIDE the garden which someone once accused me of “cultivating.”
I do this for the birds & wildlife who belong to the gardenscape.
With A Gardenful of Thanks, Jane
Prickly lettuce or Pilewort?
Right you are, Doug! Thanks for picking that up. I’ve changed the photo’s caption.