Weeds

Thwarting the Fennel Menace

Thwarting the Fennel Menace

There are a few pleasures in gardening that really make it feel worth all the work. Harvesting a huge batch of fat, happy potatoes is one. Picking up a cured gourd and finding it whole and hard and ready to be made into whatever project […]

The Prettiest Weeds Money Can Buy

The Prettiest Weeds Money Can Buy

You’d think the folks that sell seeds would know better than to collect and package weed seeds for sale, but they clearly don’t. There are plants that, in the Bay Area, at least, are meddlesome weeds, and yet companies sell them as ornamental flowers and […]

Wild Blackberry: The Next-to-Worst Weed

Wild Blackberry: The Next-to-Worst Weed

They are stabby, fast-growing, and seem to have an endless underground network, making destroying them next to impossible. …but they make the tastiest berries! I mean, seriously, I can’t eat store-bought blackberries anymore. Every commercial berry is flat and tasteless next to these fat, juicy […]

Fennel: The Worst Weed

Fennel: The Worst Weed

Update 09/17/2021: I found the best way to kill fennel! Read about here: Thwarting the Fennel Menace A woman taking a walk past my yard once said to me, “Oh, that’s a shame, it smells so nice!” That woman, in her early sixties, moving slowly […]