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Annoying Weeds

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  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Everyone with a vegetable garden knows that there is always a chore waiting. I have three really annoying weeds in my garden – mulberry weed, gripeweed, and annual poinsettia. All have the potential to produce high numbers of seeds that are made more obnoxious as they germinate throughout the growing season and remain viable for years and years in the soil. . Mulberry weed and gripeweed came into my life via transplants and landscape container plants. Now, With new container plants , I take off the top inch or so of soil and discard it in the trash – a tip a got from retired Extension agent Suzanne Holmes. Sadly, you can’t do that with vegetable transplants. So next year I’ll try to grow my own.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.