|First flowers of spring. See if you can spot the moose in the background.|
Pushki (cow's parsnip) tends to be the first thing up in the spring, followed by horsetail--two of the banes of our lives: pushki for the blistering effects and horsetail for its prevalence and the impossibility of pulling it up and getting rid of it. Both these plants grow quickly, but if cut down enough, stop coming up. So pushki patrol begins in our yard, with Douglas walking the perimeter of the yard with a shovel and hacking the roots off just below the surface of the ground. Horsetail (see picture below) I just pull from flowerbeds and garden with no attempt to eradicate it. It only comes back once or twice a summer, then the growing is done so if I keep it down I feel like I've succeeded. Supposedly horsetail only grows in poor soil so I am hopeful that as I add more nutrients (compost) to my soil that there will be less horsetail.
|Horsetail just coming up!|
Sun is on the forecast for this week with temperatures up to the 50's and even 60's next week (gasp!) so there is hope!