LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The biggest downside to this garden season, however is a huge one. Along with all the veggies, lamb’s quarter, hog weed, horse weeds, morning glories, hickory dock and probably a dozen other varieties of devilish weeds have also persisted and thrived in spite of my best efforts.
At times, when it was dry enough to cultivate, it seemed like I could hoe a row of anything, glance over my shoulder and see weeds coming up behind me. Morning glories now cover my dead corn stalks and both hog weeds and lamb’s quarter are taller than I am in places. They’ve reached the point that my one-handed miracle hoe is useless against them and they are going to seed.
I’m already dreading the fight next year but we all know that this is not a perfect world. Still, when we can get a growing season like the one that’s winding down, we can at least get some idea of what perfection might look like.