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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Word on Sedge

Sedge is perhaps one of our biggest enemies at the Lakewood Edible Peace Patch. Florida plants seem to have a feisty streak that other plants don't quite have. The adaptation that sedge has astounds me. The root ball is about a foot from the surface of the soil. That root ball then shoots off string like roots towards the surface and grows leaf structures in several different locations. So, if a fellow gardener were to just pull the said leaf structures, the plant still survives. The only way to ensure the removal of the plant is to get at that root ball. This means following down the string sized root to the ball which can be trying and definitely takes quite awhile. It's hard to convey to my fellow gardeners the importance of getting this rootball out. There is still so much to be done in the garden that this project seems like a low priority. In reality if we get the complete root structure out now then we'll have so much less work this semester. Hopefully, I'll be able to convince my classmates that this is what needs to happen!
Other than the sedge, we are working diligently to rake
up all the grass, lay cardboard, and put down mulch. We still have a long ways to go, but it's early in the week so I believe we can finish and be prepared for the students next week!

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