The reason I'm not weeding

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,525

The west facing front border has a lot of chickweed in it at the moment - and I'm not going to weed it out just yet - in this hot dry weather the chickweed is acting as a mulch, keeping the sun off the clematis roots and helping to prevent evaporation when I've done the watering.

When the weather cools down the chickweed is easily removed, and if it's self-seeded it won't be a big problem to hoe the seedlings out next spring.

Just thought I'd let you know, there are good reasons for not weeding the garden ... sometimes image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,270

    My borders are being mulched nicely with sheeps sorrel at the momentimage  I knew I was doing it deliberately, but just couldn't articulate whyimage

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,581

    I always use ground elder  - it's the best for coverage!

    Anyway, Monty was extolling umbellifers on Friday. Ground elder is an umbellifer too,  and it looks very pretty with my aquilegias.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,525

    Aha, but we know that you're doubly Perfection Personified Verdun - we have no hope of emulating your high standards image

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  • 1Runnybeak11Runnybeak1 Posts: 8,306

    I hate chickweed and only yesterday rid my Runner Bean patch of it.  Not a lot of it, but it had to go.     It's a crafty little thing with those fine hair roots, it's takes some doing to get rid completely. 

     

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,914

    Although my garden looks a wild country garden mess, I wont have a weed in it either.  But good excuse there Dove, I'll give you that!!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,525
    Lyn wrote (see)

    Although my garden looks a wild country garden mess, I wont have a weed in it either.  But good excuse there Dove, I'll give you that!!

    Glad you appreciate the creativity Lyn image

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  • Some weeds actually look so beautiful image

    & you would not think they are weeds.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,987

    I have a fine collection of what some would call weeds. I have a formerly huge, now shrinking figwort, being demolished by the fattest mullein moth caterpillars I've ever seen. If you want real wildlife (not just bees on the flowers), you need some weedsimage

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