Do you remember my goal to get rid of the Bishops Weed this winter? Well, since there are only 2 weeks left of winter (!!!) I thought I’d better publish a progress report. Or maybe I should call it a “lack of progress” report?
I didn’t get started until the first week of February, and then there was travel to Seattle for the garden show, the Portland garden show, and rain…lots and lots of rain. I’ve only managed to get out there and hack away for part of four days. And it’s slow going! A 4-6 hour stint only gets me through a patch about 2ft wide and the length of the planting bed. This is what I managed to accomplish last Sunday (the bare soil), my prior work is on the right, and the part yet to be done on the left. Sunday was a productive day!
Plus they tend to run along in the top 3-5” of the soil. But then every once and awhile I come to a mass that I can only assume must have been an original mother plant, the ones that were planted and started this mess. Those have thick roots that go down down down…further than I have managed to successfully dig. Did I get enough? We’ll see, but I’m not holding my breath. I think this battle will be waged all summer.
Since I raked the gravel to the side, and not wanting the bare soil I was working to turn into a kitty poop depository I even pulled out the dreaded tarp for awhile, in fact we had a tarp in our front yard for a week! Such a proud moment, at least it’s brown and not blue!
Given that the weed is still mostly dormant, and what's coming up is actually still "pretty," I think my real sensation of moving ahead is coming from the removing the cement pieces I’ve hated since we bought the house. In this part of the garden they serve absolutely no purpose and just create visual clutter.