|Southeast corner of yard in September. Taken from deck.|
After some monitoring and discussion with the MG, we decided the best place to put my garden is along the south fence line. This area will get the most sun. Not a lot of sun, mind you, but hopefully enough for lettuce, peas, kale, etc. Tomatoes and peppers might not be in the cards for the next few years until a tree or five are taken out.
|South west corner of yard.|
I spent about an hour yesterday working on this patch. I started in the south east corner and was doing a really good job of pulling up everything I found by the roots. After a significant amount of time, I realized I hadn't made it past a small corner, maybe 1/6 of the bed, and gave up on being thorough. From there out I mostly pulled foliage and stems, only digging up the occasional root ball when it was easy. And it still took me over an hour.
|Lamium patch after an hour of weeding|
One potential stroke of luck - there appears to be landscape fabric under at least part of this lamium patch. There are several inches of soil over it, but with some effort we might be able to pull up the fabric and dislodge the ALL of the lamium by the root. It will take big muscles, but it might be possible.
If all else fails I will probably buy a bottle of roundup and attack the area when it's dry out.
Here is the stuff in another patch under the doug fir growing through our deck.
I've heard that flowering starts really early in our area, so pulling the foliage now before it blooms and spread seed is a must!