Sunday, September 10, 2006

I'm not going to be eating any home-grown edamame this year

Although it hasn't died, having all its leaves eaten has certainly slowed its growth. The weeds are doing much better! The edamame are the two fuzzy green stalks.

Here's the soybean plant that I shot last week.... no leaves here (well, some are starting at the top). It's the fuzzy green stalk. All the lovely leaves belong to weeds. Rabbits with good taste.

And after a few gardeners told me about how invasive Jerusalem artichokes are, and how difficult it is to get rid of them, I decided to rip them all out.

They're listed in the Ontario weeds section on the gov't website. One thing they say is:

Viable tubers formed during the preceding year will produce shoots during the current growing season. Tillage in late June, after tubers have exhausted their food supply but before new tubers begin for form, will retard the spread of an infestation. Usually two to three tillage operations will be required to significantly reduce a well established population.

I was definitely pulling up small tubers. I should take my garden claw down there next weekend to make sure I pull out any remaining tubers, so they don't grow and multiply next year.

At least, that gave me a sense of accomplishment.

I really do need a rabbit fence.

Friday, September 01, 2006

I need a rabbit fence

This is what the edamame plants look like. All of them. All 10 of them. I'm hoping, because they're all showing signs of new leaves, that they might recover. Maybe, maybe not. We'll see.

Some of the soybeans haven't been eaten: here's one that looks OK, so far. I'm afraid to weed around them: it's like pointing out where dinner is! I'm just glad that Rabbits don't read blogs.

At least, I hope they don't. Memo for next spring: put in chicken wire.