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Jun 7, 2020 1:48 PM CST
Central Connecticut
Does anyone know what this stuff in my vegetable garden is? It showed up a couple of years ago and has overrun the whole area. It's really tenacious and takes me almost a week to rip it out with a potato hook. I'm trying to keep it a no till garden and hate the thought of roto tilling it. Any ideas on how to rid myself of it?
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Jun 7, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Its Henbit. Keep pulling. Make sure you get it out before it goes to seed. If you don't want to disturb the soil (and turn up more seeds), cut it off at ground level before it goes to seed. Its an annual so won't come back from the roots next year.
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Jun 7, 2020 2:46 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Looks more like Creeping Charlie to me.
Henbit is an annual, Creeping Charlie is perennial.

Do NOT roto-till it, it will still be there when you are done.
It can be pulled IF, IF you get the main root but then you will be pulling for years.
A dedicated CC killer is the ONLY way to get rid of it in less than a half-decade.
IF, IF you did roto-till its entire bed, it will be far easier to pull but still take years of constant attention to even reduce.
I have it in my lawn and garden; it was mostly gone from both, with weed killer, and I stopped paying attention.
Its BAAAAACK.
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