|The culprit: a Wilcox's penstemon too close to a path. A good plant in a bad place.|
The time I spend maintaining our landscape is not work, or drudgery or something I dread. Instead, in the native plant garden, it is an activity I love. I look forward to it. It is a way of exploring, discovering, and working on the aesthetic. Seldom do I mow or "weed". Well, I do weed the garden a lot, but weeding is probably a different activity than people think. A "weed" is simply an unwanted plant (click here for more information). In our garden, most of the weeding I do is to remove native plants that are coming up in the "wrong" place. Typically it s usually a tall plant that ends up coming up in a place I want a short one, like next to a path. Or plants that sprout where I just don't want them.
It is actually rare that we have non-native garden weeds. This is surprising to many and it is probably the result of our site preparation, the fact that we don't water, and by removing all of our lawn, we have limited the source of non-native weeds. What we are left with though is a strong source of native plants.
My typical strategy is to dig up the young plants, pot them up and put them in our "nursery" for a couple of weeks. There I baby them- water them daily and take good care of them (both of which don't happen in the landscape!). After a couple of weeks, I'll plant them out in the garden in their new location. I try to do this when the weather is favorable and if possible, try to time it around some rain. Usually this is the main activity of mine in the spring, but fall is another great time to plant, and in preparation for September, I am digging stuff up and putting it in the nursery now.
|Our nursery full of weeds.|