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Garden Project 2014 – The Creep

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A couple of years ago I bought some long forgotten native plant (I don’t remember what it was… it died) from my favorite “Native Plant Nursery” in Ellijay.

 

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Mountain Ridge Garden Shop, Ellijay Georgia

Anyway, in along with whatever it was, was a single, small sprig of this scalloped leafed, blue flowered “thing”.

Creeping Charlie

I thought it was pretty. So I left it alone and let it grow to see what it would do.

This thing is Creeping Charlie. A drought resistant, deer resistant, eradication resistant weed. Supposedly, you can use it as a herb, or make a poultice out of the crushed leaves for aches and pains, or eat it as a salad green, or make a calming tea out of it. I don’t recommend any of those things. While the leaves are palatable, it’s got this weird goaty – sheepy – lanolin vibe to it… like eating mutton steeped in tarragon.

What I can do with it… is pull it up. Daily… all day… every day. It grows about 8″ a day. The attractive little blooms produce quickly maturing seeds that are instantly viable. The vine-y things have little nodes that produce feeder roots if it’s disturbed. And the best part is – any part of the plant that is broken will produce roots…. and grow…. rapidly.

So, I’ve got a mess of vines, copious amounts of seeds, and a matted network of roots latticed through the mulched soil that has “creeped” the entire garden, and the adjoining planting beds.

I’m going to be a while getting this under control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Garden Project 2014 – The Creep”

  1. My brother-in-law and family have a cabin near Ellijay, on some pretty river, which we have had the privilege of visiting. Beautiful country! The bane of my garden, such as it is in Dubai – mostly herbs – is the mint. Damn, that stuff can grow!

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    • yeah, I finally got rid of the chocolate mint I planted 2 years ago – man! I swear that stuff can grow on concrete.

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      • I think you are right. And it’s not just the growth on top! I was pulling roots out the length of my herb bed, where there wasn’t even any mint. My mother had warned me. Why, oh, why didn’t I listen?!

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    • Ellijay is such a pretty area, I agree. My brother and his family have a house there. I think if I ever move from Dahlonega.. I’ll relocate closer to that side of the ridge…. just higher up in the mountains :)

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