You’ve had three days of solid rain, with no time to weed. Unfortunately, you planted seedlings under all those new weeds. How can you be sure that you’re not pulling up your precious seedlings right along with the weeds? Well, it’s not easy. If you’re a new gardener, you may not recognize the seedlings of your planted flowers and vegetables. How can you tell the difference between valuable sprouts and weeds?
Recognize the weeds instead.
You’ve been weeding all day. Surely, you recognize a few of the typical bad boys in your garden. Why not eliminate those weeds that you’re sure of and see what’s left? It’ll be a lot easier to see viable plants with at least some of the weeds out of the way. Now, go online and look for pictures of what you planted. Just search “carrot sprouts images” or images of whatever you planted there.
Let the weeds grow a bit or not.
It may sound counter-productive. Still, weeds will reveal themselves as invasive quite quickly. Just don’t let them grow too long. For instance: You’re planting in a weedy location. You’ve removed the weeds, which then, very promptly, popped back up. It’s not time for your wanted plants to sprout yet. So, keeping up with the weeds will help your valuable sprouts grow faster and make them more obvious when they do emerge.
Look for stand-outs.
Weeds have a certain look to them. They’re wild, wooly and uninhibited. Cultivated plants are more uniform. They grow in rows, for one thing. That’s how you planted them, of course. Weeds, on the other hand, have no particular growth pattern. They pretty much do whatever they want in a random fashion.Viable plants will stand out from weeds in other ways too.
Look for stand-ups.
A lot of weed growth vines along the ground. Some weeds do stand up. Those that do will be obviously weedy. They may have stickers. They may attach themselves to fences. Mostly, though, you can tell the difference by their rapid growth. Cultivated veggies and flowers take their time growing. Most grow upright, methodically and slowly. Weeds will go from an inch to a foot in just a couple days and spread like wildfire.
Time will tell.
If you have a sprout that may be a weed or may be a vegetable, wait a couple days to pull it. Your garden won’t suffer for it. You won’t risk pulling up something you shouldn’t have. If it turns out to be a weed, there’s no great loss. On the other hand, if you pull it too quickly, without knowing what it is, you may lose several pounds of veggies or a gorgeous bloom.
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