I finally did it!! What did I do? Well, I got my garden planted. If you haven’t talked to me lately, then you don’t fully understand the struggle that I’ve had with this issue….let me explain. For those of you who have already heard this, please just….well…hear it again? 😉
It all started a year ago when I got my garden ready (with help from Chip and Kyle). Here’s what it looked like back then:
See that nice compost pile back in the left corner? See those garden boxes that are totally weed-free??
To make a long, hard story shorter….after a year we came back. However, there is this weed in Florida that I didn’t know anything about before. It’s called “Florida Betony or Stachys Floridana”. It’s a cute little plant that has mint-like leaves and pretty, delicate lavendar flowers. However, don’t be fooled by its beauty or it’s ability to spread quickly. I know what you’re thinking…it would make a really nice ground cover for those really frustrating areas where grass won’t grow (not that grass grows very well anywhere in Florida except golf courses) ….NO, don’t do it!!….It’s the devil plant in disguise!! Don’t fall for it’s charm!!
In case you might have been blessed with this plant/weed as well, here’s a picture, so you can diagnose your own yard/garden area:
Well, in a year’s time, this lovely weed took over the side of my yard, my compost pile, and two of my three garden boxes!
So, for the past 4 weeks I have been painstakingly pulling the weed and digging (by hand) every single tubular bulb out of the ground!! Did I mention the word PAINSTAKINGLY??
…to be continued 🙂 Boone is calling 🙂