Ah! August! Are you overtaken by weeds yet? Are you afraid to venture forth into your gardens?
Some things certainly can overtake your lives, gardening-wise. Besides just plain old weeds, there are some things we grow that, well, get a bit overwrought. I have no problem at all with getting out the trimmers and taking a whack at things. The hedge clippers come in handy at this time of year to deadhead perennials down to nothing. Forcing them to stop making seeds actually allows them to bloom again, especially enthusiastic bloomers like coreopsis and monarda. And there’s nothing like a machete to really get your ya-yas out.
As you know, I have no problem hacking up my tomatoes, either. But squash, vining squash plants like pumpkins and other winter squash: yep, I hack those up too if they’re in my way. Some of my cukes are branching ones: the Boothby’s Blonde have a mildly annoying habit of sending up thousands of side branches. So I hack away. Lest it sound like I have nothing better to do than butcher my plants, I am rather busy at this time of year. Somehow though if things are really bugging me with their verdant enthusiasm I do get out the shears and get snipping. Makes me feel like I have some semblance of control. Ah. The little juicy rationalizations that get us through the day.
Because I have no control at all over the weeds in the paths of the new greenhouse beds right now. There are just not enough hours in the day. And I am…mostly okay with that. Mostly because I have that machete.