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The Good, The Bad, And The Weedy

Good: There are spotted salamander spermatophores in my pond! (And also egg masses, lots of them, and some frog eggs, but dude, spermatophores!)

Bad: I should not be allowed to go to the nursery with the huge selection of salvias without a minder. I, um, got a few more than I realized. Many of them get five or six feet tall. Um. Send help.

Weedy: I spent all this morning pulling out pepperweed, which really loves a cool wet spring and went rioting through my garden this year. I can turn a blind eye to chickweed because it’ll die off in the heat, I am perfectly happy to have white clover covering areas as long as it lets the perennials grow through, I have made some peace with the corn speedwell and the henbit, but pepperweed is on the list of Things That Must Die.

At least it pulls easily.


Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.


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Ooooh.. salamanders! Nifty!

*passes Ursula the napalm, just in case*

Dude, you need some serious help.

No really, you should take someone with you to help cart all that stuff home.

Just out of curiosity (and because I am a total masochist), what are some of the other items on the List of Things That Must Die? (Aside from Japanese honeysuckle and boxweed, as I recall.)

As far as I'm concerned, red volcanic rock belongs on this list. A previous owner of my place loved the stuff, so it's all over -- but the plastic sheeting underneath didn't hold (or never existed, or dirt gradually accumulated on the rock, depending), and some form of grass of the volunteer, weedy persuasion grew up all around and through it. So now there's these big clumps of roots with rock all through them and it's just a colossal pain to put the grass in one bin and the rocks in another. I can give the rocks away on Craigslist, but not if they're currently inhabited, so to speak.

It's interesting, all right. But it was so much more interesting, in a weird way, when I readoed "the huge selection of salvias"...

According to xkcd: cows on a typical dairy ration can produce 80 to 100 litres of saliva per day.

So I'd start with cows.

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Ooh Salamanders!

According to wiki pepperweed is edible
Edible uses

The leaves, shoots, and fruits of this plant are all edible. The leaves are said to have a watercress-like peppery taste which is good for salads. The seed pods are sometimes added to stir-frys.

In Ladakh in the Himalayas, the spring leaves are prized as a vegetable. The peppery edge or bitterness is removed by first boiling the young shoots and leaves, and then soaking in water for two days. Cooked like spinach, it makes a rich and delicious vegetable.

Is it just me or is this entry a bit vague as to whether it is you or the plant that gets soaked for two days?.

Edited at 2013-03-19 01:28 am (UTC)

My grandmother the Depression baby taught me about pepperweed many years ago. :) And I found out recently that chickweed is also edible, and have been pretty happy with it as a salad addition. Kind of spinachy and kind of bite-y. I want to try it with chicken and some kind of low-key vinaigrette.

And I am all for soaking in two days. With bath salts and a few good books, preferably.

Practically all the weeds mentionned above are edible in some way! Even the speedwell, though that's normally too bitter to really be worth it.

Weed salad anyone?

Spermatophores! We have smallmouth salamander ones sprinkling the ditches and vernal ponds in my area - it's always so fun to show them to people and blow their minds. I'm jealous of your spotty egg masses though - just the awesomest things in the whole universe.

You know what? I'm looking at 12 inches of snow up here in Boston and I'd kill to have your salvias problems right now. I started to uncover my roses this weekend and then looked at the forecast. I so envy your problems right now.

I noticed the lack of a mention of the Mountain Mint. Is it dead, yet?

It is to laugh. No. It is doing very well. I had to pull some unexpected survivors in a flowerbed yesterday.

Salt and Flame then. Can't risk the high explosives, sprigs might spread.

pictures please! I love the garden talk!

So what's the really sticky stuff that spreads like mad (through the roots) and gets seeds all over you and looks sort of like fireworks? I vote forever death for that stuff.

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