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May 02, 2007



Garlic mustard is really a biennial, overwintering as a basal rosette and then bursting forth in early spring. By late May around here it has reached full height and is making seeds, which it expells in June (30,000 of them) and then dessicates by mid-summer when the damage is done.


I'm only just starting to find the places where wildflowers bloom here locally, early on I saw so much vinca vine (periwinkle) that worried me. Now I see the garlic mustard blooming...

Garlic mustard is a winter annual - so doesn't it go dormant in the heat of summer? The vinca bothers me as I see how it takes over a streambank and covers the ground so fully. It would be some job to pull it all out, but I've thought of getting a few boyscout troops to help in that project.

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