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My Middle Earth garden took a hit yesterday. Of course, so did I.

Posted Monday, July 4, 2011, at 9:49 AM

Not sure what got into me yesterday. Maybe it was the nice cool summer afternoon but more likely my mind was dazed from the heat and I thought I could work outside. Yup, that's it and I'm sticking to my story.

Anyway, instead of using the brush attachment on my weed-eater for the heavy weeds, I decided to do it manually. I used a combination of hedge shears and pulling to work my way through.

Some of my insanity came from the fact that I wanted to harvest the dill seed for sharing and flavoring. I had a nice pile until Shelly and PITA decided to have a fight in the middle of it. Probably lost a fourth of my seed in the grass, but... there is plenty more.

I was doing pretty good staying away from some annoying hedge parsley but at the last I was doing battle ferociously and got too close. Bam! I had those annoying seeds all over me.

For those of you who do not know hedge parsley, it starts out looking somewhat like Wild Carrot, or Queen Anne's Lace but believe me, the end result is not nice. The flowers are great, kind of like Baby's Breath http://dnr.wi.gov/invasives/fact/hedgepa... but the seed pod is annoying to pet owners and anyone who walks through the blasted plants in summer and fall.

Well, I hit them at the end of demolishing my Mid-Earth garden. There was some good that came from it though. I never knew the real name for it so I had to do some research, actually a WHOLE BUNCH of research since I could not find it as a member of the carrot family.

Parsley never dawned on me but I finally searched for hitchhiking seeds and found a site that talked about removal of the dastardly hedge parsley (Torilis arvensis). As soon as the word Parsley was brought up, the light bulb came on so I clicked the link. Yeah!

Then I searched to see if their was an herbal, or other beneficial use of the plant. Still searching for that answer, but I found a nice blog for wildflowers and nature in Tennessee. http://wallacegeo.blogspot.com/2011/06/f...

Michelle has another blog to follow as well http://middletnwildlife.blogspot.com/ I like it that she goes into some detail, not just posting the pictures, although she missed the annoying side of hedge parsley.

While we are on the topic of local blogs, anyone have others? I found one for railroads in Tennessee but it has disappeared.

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.