Meet my springtime Garden Nemesis . . .
I am currently doing battle with this little bugger ALL OVER MY GARDEN. I spend a good chunk of every day digging as much of this crappy weed out of my garden beds as I can manage. I need to do it NOW . . . before it goes to seed. Because when it goes to seed? It propels hundreds of tiny seeds in all directions! (It's very impressive.) If I can get it before it goes to seed, I can slow the spread . . . and staunch the bleeding. (This stuff is everywhere.)
If you are troubled by certain weeds, you might like to check out this super helpful weed-identification website from the University of California. Yes. I know it's California, and I don't live in California. But this weed-identification site is interactive and super easy to use -- AND most common weeds tend to thrive in all growing zones anyway. (Not all, but most.) Once I figure out what my weed IS, I can google it for my area and work from there.
Here is more hairy bittercress . . . interspersed with another of my nemesis-weeds, common chickweed. (Boo! Hiss!)
Why is it important to know about your weeds? Well, if you know which ones you've got and how to deal with them, you'll have more success getting rid of them! For me . . . with my hairy bittercress infestation . . . I know I need to pull before they seed.
I'm in a race with time.
(Wish me luck!)