Weeding, the ugly part of gardening.

Couch grass!  Couch Grass is often listed as an invasive weed and I can attest to the fact that it certainly is invasive! It is very difficult to get rid of from the garden. If you leave a little bit behind it grows into a new plant. The runners seem to go for miles and I spent a great deal of time today trying to get rid of the couch grass as well as the pea type weed you can see in the picture.

This is how the orchard looked before I started today.

Those are raspberries on the right.

This photo I took because I wanted to let you see the unusual fungus we have growing in the orchard.  The fungi are the little red marks on the ground in the right of the picture.  You will need to look closely to see them.

Here is a close-up picture.  This is how they look when they first appear.  Notice all the flies on the sticky tip.

I think they may be stinkhorn fungi.

This is how they look when they open up.  You can see two flies on this one.  Anyway enough of the fungi and back to my weeding.

I spend most of the day weeding.  During my time in the garden I was visited by an echidna so I took a few photos of that as well.

The echidna didn’t seem to be at all perturbed by my presence.

After my busy day in the garden the orchard looked much better.

I don’t like weeding but it must be done.  I will put down a thick layer of mulch now and hopefully deter most of the weeds.

Underneath all the weeds the soil was lovely and moist with plenty of big fat worms.  The pea-type weed must have been putting something good into the ground.  I know that the couch doesn’t put anything good into it.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Northern Narratives says:

    Fun to watch your garden grow as we have winter here. Nice photos. Judy

  2. couch grass says:

    Using it as compost for certain areas in your house or farm can lead to a tragedy of being overrun by this persistent pest. This grass simply doesn’t die once pulled out of the ground.

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