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A flower is an educated weed.

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Bite Back at Henbit


Come visit and take a look in our gardens, you'd surely soon guess my favorite color in plants. From light lavender to a deep, nearly black purple, it's present in every bed and during every season.

But not every purple flowering plant is a keeper. Henbit - OH NO! I have no idea where it came from but it's everywhere in our garden. Lamium amplexicaule officially is a member of the mint family, flowers during cool weather and is present throughout the US.

Mulching

My favorite method, so I'll mention it first. Spread newspapers, flattened cardboard boxes and junk mail around the plants and cover with a thick layer of compost or mulch. Instantly, the beds look great and cared for and weeds stay suppressed all season. You may be tempted to go for weed fabric or plastic - resist and use biodegradable paper. It's better for the environment and there will be no need to wrestle with bits and pieces of material a year or two down the road.
Don't give weeds a chance to get started!

Chemical Control

When using a post-emergence herbicide, consider using a selective product, labeled for broadleaf weeds and/or henbit. Be sure to read label directions, more is not better.
Remember to label your sprayer, otherwise you might have a less than desired surprise later in the season. For some reason, no amount of washing and rinsing will have been enough when you reuse the sprayer to spray for insects around your favorite plants later in the season!

Hand Weeding

What other activity can you think of that is so destructive and rewarding at the same time?
While not having to hand weed would be the best option at all, no amount of mulching and using groundcovers will eliminate weeds completely. Henbit seems to only need a single ray of sunshine and a speck of dirt to grow into a fine specimen plant!
Try to disturb the ground as little as possible and avoid disbursing weed seeds (don't shake off the plant) before tossing it. Use a hand weeder or a pair of clippers to cut off at the base. repeat as needed and sooner or later, the roots will be exhausted and incapable of sending up new growth.

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, April 24th, from 9am until 3pm. Please see web site for directions or connect with us on facebook:
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April in the Garden:

New Coneflowers:
Plant Edibles - Seed Disks:
Wind Chimes: