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My yard is overrun with buttercups! How do I get rid of them?
The buttercup weed you refer to is actually Ficaria verna or Lesser celandine. It is in the Ranunculaceae family of plants and, like many invasive plants, was introduced from Europe as an ornamental. It does very well in moist areas but, as you know, it seems to grow anywhere!
It is a spring ephemeral that emerges late winter/early spring and competes with desirable plants. The fact that it spreads by its roots, bulblets and seeds make it a difficult plant to control.
Remove clumps by digging deeply to reach the bulblets. When necessary, herbicides are an option but use them properly and with caution as to not damage desirable plants. Covering areas with a landscape fabric may also help, but you will need to keep the fabric on several seasons.
I am excited to grow my first vegetable garden. When should I plant?
Planting times vary according to which vegetable you want to grow and whether you want to start from seed or from veggie starts. Some crops are suitable for cool weather in both spring and fall. Members of the genus brassica are called ‘cole’ crops and include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and collards. Leafy greens such as lettuce, kale and spinach can also be grown in cooler temps. Seeds for these vegetables can be started as early as the end of February indoors or in the middle of March when sowing directly outdoors. Cool weather vegetable seedlings can be planted outdoors in mid to late March and another crop can be planted for the Fall. Warm weather vegetables include beans, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and more. Their seeds can be started indoors in early Spring and they will be ready to place outdoors after the frost date, which is typically mid-April in the city and end of April in surrounding counties.