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Arlington, VA (Zone 7b)
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CatViccer
Jun 4, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Fourth year in my organic community garden plot, and prep soil same way every year, Bumper Crop Soil Builder, little bit of lobster compost, and shredded hardwood mulch. This year I'm seeing these sprouts everywhere that I've never seen before. Is it the soil or mulch? Not sure how to get rid of it or if it matters? Any insight much appreciated.
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Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Jun 4, 2020 8:56 PM CST
Has it been windy? What are your neighbors planting? Is the wood mulch clean?
Get on your knees and pick out every plant, put them in a container and burn them
or flush them. If you're lucky it's a singular event. David
Arlington, VA (Zone 7b)
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CatViccer
Jun 4, 2020 9:37 PM CST
BigAppleRoseGuy said:Has it been windy? What are your neighbors planting? Is the wood mulch clean?
Get on your knees and pick out every plant, put them in a container and burn them
or flush them. If you're lucky it's a singular event. David



Thanks. It hasn't been windy and I haven't noticed the same growth in the other plots. Maybe the mulch is bad - I can't tell if the sprouting is actually from the mulch pieces or the soil. Will require further sleuthing!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 4, 2020 11:47 PM CST
BigAppleRoseGuy said:
Get on your knees and pick out every plant, put them in a container and burn them
or flush them. If you're lucky it's a singular event. David


What do you think they are? That's pretty drastic treatment.

I suspect you got a load of compost full of weed seeds. Hoeing will probably be enough to get rid of them.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jun 5, 2020 5:50 PM CST
I agree With Daisy! Probably seeds in the mulch. Get them while they're young!
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Jun 5, 2020 8:32 PM CST
Yeah, it's probably the mulch. :-)
Arlington, VA (Zone 7b)
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CatViccer
Jun 8, 2020 8:48 AM CST
Update: on inspection it's not the mulch but the soil. Picked out what I could and remulched as the mulch was doing a good job keeping the weeds at bay!

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