Random Garden Tip: 

Save Your Coffee Grounds
Used coffee grounds are among the best (and least expensive) things for your garden. Do not wait to garden compost, including used coffee grounds is ideal to the soil for a blast of nitrogen and other nutrients that will nurture your soil.

 

Margaret: I just want to ask about my particular obsession, which is Oriental bittersweet, a woody vine [above, uprooted showing its characteristic orange roots]. And the birds love to gather the fruits and then poop out the seeds all over the place. And I feel like what I do most of my gardening season is pull up bittersweet seedlings. Is there any hope for bittersweet? And is that one where we should cut down the big woody vines to the ground, paint the stump with a chemical? I mean, what about that?

Christian: Right, so that’s the best-case scenario. Is if you have a single or a forest stand where you could obviously see each bittersweet vine, you could cut them, treat them with Rodeo concentrate in a device known as a Buckthorn Blaster, which is just a modified bingo dauber with glyphosate and blue dye in it. That is the best-case scenario.

In those hedgerow type environments, it’s best to clear the bittersweet out and then either spot spray or treat the stump if you could find it.

But the key thing with bittersweet is it has a seed-latency period, meaning that the seeds are alive in the soil for up to 20 years. So you have to keep an eye out for those seedlings every year or else you could have the infestation grow right back. Other invasive plants have lower seed-latency periods.