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May 19, 2006


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Sisu tells us about Garlic Mustard - yes, I have that weed all over the place. Fortunately, it is easy to yank out. Will show you my invasive weed soon - much more evil than Garlic Mustard.Another good one from our friend Sisu: Time Magazine admits its &q [Read More]

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Volunteers throughout Cook County pull weeds by hand so young trees have the space to grow. From the Harvard Gazette via the Sisu blog: The tree-stifling alien, garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), first introduced into the United States in the 1860... [Read More]


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And we all know what the fate of terrorist weeds should be... don't we?

Unless of course, we find there are too many and we simply can't eradicate them all. Then we offer it amnesty if it promises us that it will become a kinder gentler plant and will harm no trees in the quest for a better life. *grin*

Phyto-insurgents, I should have said. :)

Human nature, animal nature, plant nature it all comes down the survival of the fittest. Let us hope the Western world hasn't grown too soft to eradicate the threat of aggressive Islam.

My question is: is it edible? If it is, well, problem solved. Latterday Euell Gibbons that I fancy myself to be, I'm currently researching this with Purple Loosestrife.

If you don't mind garlic breath . . .

"It's like a jungle out there, sometimes I wonder how I keep from going under."

I studied plant biology back in college, and my professor loved to teach about plants excreting chemicals to make leaves unapalatable to birds and insects, or through their roots as you describe. They may not be mobile, but they can be mean fighting machines!

It grows, well, like weeds in the forest preserves near my home.

Grand post, Sissy, on a botanical threat to the homeland. Each of these allelopathic plants produces upwards of 30,000 seeds that remain viable for at least five years. By in my Nature Conservancy days, we had a post-doc research the threshold where garlic mustard density starts to impact native diversity. It is an appalling 2% cover where these impacts start to occur. In constrast, Japanese barberry does not start overwhelming native diversity in the southern Berkshires until it reaches 50% cover.

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