by Carl Strang
The snow is melting, and before too long the warmth of the new season will bring its gardening and restoration tasks. These include the weeding of garlic mustard.
As researchers have found (and I have illustrated through this blog), well established stands of garlic mustard can be killed by mass cutting of the tops close to the ground as they are about to flower. Hand pulling is effective, but only efficient when scattered plants have begun to appear. Hence this week’s song still has some relevance:
Garlic Mustard-O by Carl Strang copyright © 2006
Here is a spot, a nasty little spot, it’s filled with the garlic mustard-o.
My arms are torn, and I am so forlorn, for I’m pulling in the black raspberry-o.