Archive for April, 2013

Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Bull Thistle

April 16, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Bull Thistle

The Bull thistle (Cirsium lanceolatum or Cirsium vulgare) is a member of the Aster family.  The flower certainly looks a lot like the asters I have in my garden. Plus the butterflies love it.  Too bad it is one of Iowa’s Noxious Weeds.  The Bull thistle is a biennial which means it grows the greenery […]

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Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Canada Thistle

April 12, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Canada Thistle

The Iowa Weed Law says that all thistles in the Carduus and Cirsium genus are considered noxious, so there are several on the list.  The first to come up in this series is the Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). Canada thistle has an extensive root system so it is very difficult to get rid of.  Each […]

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Iowa Noxious Weeds…. Perennial Sowthistle

April 9, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa Noxious Weeds…. Perennial Sowthistle

The next in the Noxious Weeds series is the Perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis). There is an Annual sowthistle (Sanchus oleraceus).  They look similar to me, but the annual (S. oleraceus) has a taproot while the Perennial (S. arvensis) has rhizomes. The stem is smooth, erect and unbranched, except at the top.  The lower leaves are […]

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Iowa Noxious Weeds…. Quackgrass

April 5, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa Noxious Weeds…. Quackgrass

Ah. Quackgrass.  My husband’s nemesis.  That infernal weed that only an all-out plant killer will take out.  Or, I suppose, we could spend our lives trying to dig every little bit of that evil little plant out of our lawn. Quackgrass has the scientific name of Agropyron repens or Elytrigia repens depending on which article […]

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Iowa’s Noxious Weeds Series… The Beginning

April 3, 2013 0 Comments

Now that Mother Nature has seen fit to let stuff start growing, it is time to start looking out for all those weeds.   With the ground still wet, these should be easy to pull out.  Dandelions are nice to see as color after our long winter, but nobody wants them in their yard.  Clover is […]

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Fermentation Finished

April 2, 2013 0 Comments
Fermentation Finished

Late last fall I got about a ton of cabbage from one of my Urbana Farmers’ Market vendors.  Well, it wasn’t exactly a ton, but it sure felt like it when I was shredding it into a 10-gallon crock.  I ended up shredding 33 heads of cabbage, interspersing it with canning salt and smashing it […]

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