Gardening Weeds

Weeds: Hang ‘em High

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Weed breathing its last, hanging from a shrub in my yard. Photo:

When you’re off to weed your garden, it’s worth bringing a bucket or a bag in which to put the plants you pulled out so you can dump them collectively in the compost bin later. I totally get that. However, sometimes you didn’t set out to weed. You just saw one while you were on your morning garden stroll or were heading off to the grocery store and you instinctively pulled it out.

Is so, what to do with the weed you have between your fingers? Do you really have to go half way around the house each time to depos it in the compost pile?

That’s certainly not what I’m do. When I have a weed in my hand and want to get rid of it quickly, I simply hang it from the branch of a shrub or a tree, more rarely a large perennial. The weed, its roots now exposed to the air, dries up and dies in just a few hours. When it finally falls to the ground a few days later, by then brown and dry, its roots are dead and there is no risk it can recover. It therefore discreetly joins my mulch, also brown in color, where it breaks down bit by bit to feed the soil.

Laidback weeding: it’s just so simple!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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