Did you do any gardening over the weekend?
I did a little, after the two nights of FROST!! That Mother Nature… always keeps you on your toes!
I was pulling some weeds and remembered a little issue I had last year, that I’m figuring other inexperienced gardeners face, and I wanted to offer a lesson.
Marigolds vs. Ragweed- how to tell the difference?
Ragweed is a lovely, allergy- inducing, grow- all- over- your- garden, comes- back- no- matter- how- many -times- you -pull -it -up, weed.
It is one of those bastard plants that pretends to be a helpful pretty plant so you give it a chance to grow and by the time you realize it is not what you thought it was it’s a monster!
Maybe not everyone has this problem…
When I started gardening last year I noticed some plants coming up in what I thought was a logical area for a flower bed. (Keep in mind this was my first Spring in my house) I said, “Oh look, they must have had marigolds here, I’ll just let them grow.”
When they got a little bigger I thought, “now wait a minute… those aren’t marigolds.”
So I Googled it. Apparently I’m not the first person to either because it came up right away. I learned a little something.
As a public service to you lovely blog readers I am offering my wealth of knowledge, to help you out!
This is ragweed…
|I have ripped that little sucker up by its roots… not in my garden!!|
This is a friendly little volunteer marigold…
|Oh how nice to see you little marigold, welcome!!|
And here they are side by side, the ragweed’s leaves are rounded, and a more yellowy-green, they also (surprise surprise) grow faster. The marigold on the other hand has a darker green leaf that has a more jagged edge.