Once I got the name and confirmed that it was in fact accurate, I began to read up on it. As I learned more and more about this plant, the skies opened up and shouted “Now learn from what you are reading dumb ass”. OK, got it.
So here is what I was able to dig up and how that bit of info taught me more about my soil and growing conditions than I ever anticipated:
- Prefers, even thrives in acidic soil - I would have guessed this soil was closer to being alkaline but either way, I NEED to get my soil tested. I’ve been too damn lazy to do it but why I deny myself this important bit of info is just plain dumb.
- Thrives where there is a lack of nitrates – Reason #147 why I need a soil test.
- Thrives where there is poor drainage – No friggin surprise there
- Thrives where there is little competition with other plants – The best solution to handling weeds has always been to provide them with competition and “weed” them out. I need to take this to a new level and plant more where there are any open spaces. Now that, is music to my ears.
- Pulling out these weeds can actually promote more to appear as each broken root can produce another rosette – I’ll never get that time wasted back. Will definitely rethink my approach when dealing with these. Here I am pulling the weeds a few weeks back:
And then sadly, a few weeks later:
- Is commonly used as greens for salads and is loaded with nutritional value - you mean I could have just pulled the leaves and made a f’n salad? Get me the blue cheese dressing already.
It took a weed to teach me that I need to “get in touch” with my soil and I thank it for teaching me that lesson. I’m so caught up in buying a plant, finding a space for it and then hoping it will all work out.
Remember, it all starts with the soil.