April 22 Weekly Update

As a child in rural North Carolina on a farm, I learned much about invasive species, and I learned to hate them in gardening.  In my 20s the very word “invasive” could make me turn away. At a half century, I’m learning that sometimes you pick your poison and play your cards (to mix metaphors). I’ve fought kudzu, honeysuckle, that nasty little yellow-green weed we have so much of lately, crab grass, english ivy, bamboo, and a host of other invasive plants in different places in different times.

Flat of Creeping Thyme

My current hopes rest in fighting fire with fire. To that end, I bought a flat of creeping thyme. It grows about 1″ high at maximum, and is a dense ground cover that is actually used for walkways in certain places. I’m cutting each small pot of it in half (to activate its growth better and to give me twice as many starting sites) and planting it around my yard, against the side of the house, by the edge of my walkways, and on the edge of the mulched areas by my raised bed boxes, around the propane tank, the worm farm, and anywhere else I think it might take hold.  With any luck it will drive out most of the other weeds and in a couple of years will make nice smells as we walk across it.

It rained last night, and is still raining a bit. We’ve had over an inch and a quarter of rain so far, so hurrah!  We needed it.



We harvested several items this week:  two types of overwintered kale and then our overwintered collards (after which we pulled them all up).  We picked radishes, oregano, sage, black peppermint, and multiple harvests of sugar snap peas.


Parsley got seeded in a large container. Also the “herb box” got dill, sage, and thyme, along with a lemongrass plant, a lavender plant, and yet another variety of oregano (seedling).

One of the multiple pickings of sugar snaps

We sprayed BT on the broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, and kale plants. Some of the new seedlings got eaten by green caterpillars and some other plants were showing damage. Our mild winter is heralding one of the worst insect years we’ve had in a while. We already have ticks – this is way early and there are a lot of them.


The sheer size of this dill plant at this time of year is starting to freak me out.

On Monday the 16th (off from work that day) the other of us had a very productive day in the garden – prepped 3 beds and a portion of a 4th, transplanted out all of the tomatoes (25), peppers (60), and eggplant (5). It’s a little early but some of the tomatoes in particular really wanted to be in their permanent home. And we had time now, plus the weather forecast is looking like the worst of the cold weather is gone — keeping fingers crossed.


Middle box is potatoes

See how much the potatoes have grown in only 2 weeks!


Black Peppermint

The snow peas have started to bloom…

Snow Peas in the Rain


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7 Responses to “April 22 Weekly Update”

  1. Robin Says:

    I’ve always wanted to plant creeping thyme for pathways. It will be interesting to see how it turns out and how long it takes to really start growing.

    Your peas look great with all those blossoms!

    The gardens are sure loving this rain!!!!

  2. Norma Chang Says:

    Your garden is so lush. Black peppermint, that a lot what are you going to do with them? is it invasive like the other mints?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      We’re hoping that the mint will take over that part of the yard, so I hope it’s invasive! The last mint we planted there did not outcompete the very hardy weed species we have growing all over the yard. This year we’re planning on weeding the stuff we don’t want to help the mint along.

  3. crafty_cristy Says:

    I love my creeping thyme. I have it in my rose garden. I sneak out and harvest it for supper meals all the time. (thyme–ack sorry couldn’t resist the pun.)

  4. maryhysong Says:

    The Asian people have a way with invasives….just eat them 😉 It is too dry here for most things to become invasive, they just dry up and blow away. A good way to get rid of any kind of weed, root, seed and all is to pen chickens over it and let them eat/scratch it up, then plant whatever you want there.

  5. kitsapfg Says:

    Good idea on using the creeping thyme. I hope it takes hold and grows in well for you.

    The garden is looking lush and beautiful! You pack so much growing into your space – truly an inspiration.

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