Stop the popping - Controlling hairy bittercress
Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsute)
Bittercress thrives in moist conditions and disturbed soil. It’s common to unknowingly bring it home in nursery containers, so some gardeners make a practice of gently scraping off the top inch or two of soil in the pots before planting. Dispose of the scraped-off soil in your green can.
Bittercress is a member of the mustard family and is widely distributed around the U.S. The clumps can reach four to eight inches in height, but stay much smaller with less moisture. Go on patrol for this pesky weed once or twice a week during the winter and spring. It’s easy to hand pull. Once the seeds pop, you’ll be fighting a much bigger crop next year.
Contributor: Faith Brown