Susan Harris is an awesome garden coach, garden writer, and participates as a editor and blogger for “Garden Rant” – one of the best blogs out there today on gardening. Susan writes for many publications and today’s sustainable and relevant blog on the dreaded and invasive Garlic Mustard is written by Susan. Read on….
For as long as anyone can remember, the wooded valley that my back yard is part of has been covered with English ivy. Not just on the forest floor but even up into the trees where it matures and produces berries, berries that are then spread far and wide by the birds. But then came another vine that – can it be? – managed to win the battle of primacy with the ivy – the five-leaf akebia. It now has a lock on the lowest, wettest parts of the valley.
Then suddenly the fastest spreading invasive plant EVER landed in our valley – the lovely garlic mustard. Its beauty (of sorts) is important to mention because when I’ve shown it to neighbors I’ve discovered that it’s been picked, brought indoors and admired! Oh well. Even if they removed it by its roots it wouldn’t slow the steady march of garlic mustard across the woodland floor.
It’s really no wonder this plant is so successful. It likes the sun, it likes the shade, it seems to like every damn location in North America.
So thank to Barbara Lucas and her pals in the Midwest for this video that goes a long way to showing exactly what mustard garlic looks like and then how to get rid of it. I think I’ll forward this to my neighborhood Yahoo group with the broad hint that we make ridding our valley of this one plant our New Year’s Resolution for the lovely woodland we share.
Susan Harris is a Master Gardener, garden coach, garden writer and blogger located the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Visit her online at one of these wonderful websites – www.sustainable-gardening.com and www.gardenrant.com.
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