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Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

When we cleared the slope for the orchard, we cleared a small area that had been choked with vegetation, including a number of invasive species, and dead, or diseased trees.  This resulted in much more sun reaching the slope, and a significant amount of soil...
Oxalis pes-caprae

Oxalis pes-caprae

A few short years ago, when we first moved to Curbstone Valley, there was no Oxalis pes-caprae to be found anywhere on the property.  None.  I was almost smug about it, as I’d hear of friends closer to the coast constantly battling the thick choking mats of this...
Cotoneaster franchetii

Cotoneaster franchetii

Plants in the genus Cotoneaster (prounced co-to-ne-as-ter, not cot-on-easter) are very popular with north American gardeners, and not without good reason.  Cotoneasters are variable in form, from prostrate low-growing ground-covers, to tall arching shrubs, and may be...
Cirsium vulgare

Cirsium vulgare

Since spring, the orchard appears to have been a haven for thistles.  Sow thistle (Sonchus asper), and the occasional artichoke thistle (Cynara cardunculus) predominated in early spring, along with some wild mustard.  They were removed, and now, as the weather has...