Friday, June 12, 2009

Weeds, part 1: Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy. I. Hate. Ground. Ivy.
Hate. Yes, it is a strong word, but it applies in this case. Ground Ivy grows all winter. It is a member of the mint family, I believe, which really says everything you need to know. On top of growing all winter, it grows under things, so it will grow under and through any mulch, hay, or newspaper you may have down to deter weeds:

It forms mats of vegetation that chokes out all other plants:
The worst part about Ground Ivy is that it roots at every nodule that produces leaves, which is every 2 inches or so. If you have nice, loose soil the Ground Ivy will pull up fairly easily. If not, you are pulling it out at every nodule, which can take FOREVER:

3 comments:

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Yes, I agree hate is a strong word but I HATE these too!

Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Glad to hear other people get the same questions as I do.

Also, saw that you are growing peanuts! So am I. I've never grown them before so it should be interesting. I must have planted mine later than yours, though, because mine are just now coming up. The seed packet was seriously unhelpful in regards to planting times.

Jody M said...

I planted mine as plants, not seeds, so I probably got a head start anyway. I got them from Ashcombe's in Mechanicsburg. They were only 2-3" tall, so...

I'm really curious to see if I get any peanuts from them. We'll have to compare notes.