As I returned to my battle against English ivy, monkey grass and assorted weeds last weekend, the thought struck me that I could do a Gnome column on weeds because we certainly seem to have them all at our place.
But after a couple of hours of doing computer searches and going through gardening books, it quickly became apparent that weed identification is not an easy thing to find _ at least in a format that I wanted (picture first, then named.) So, I thought we could start our own weed identification database.
Here's my idea for getting it started: here are pictures of several weeds. The first person to correctly identify them all will win a copy of one of the cool gardening books that publishers have sent to the paper.
Once we get the weed identification started, a running list will go online (augustachronicle.com The Garden Gnome). With the help of the Master Gardener books, I'll add ways to deal with weeds we simply cannot bear to have in the garden.
The database will be open so folks can add their own weed pictures and we (meaning you too) will identify them, and add names and suggestions on how to get rid of them.
This way we can share in an easy to use weed identification site that's perfect for our area of Georgia and South Carolina.
And for the winner of the first identification round: "Backyard Harvest" a year-round guide to growing fruits and vegetables by Jo Whittingham. She is a garden writer with a graduate degree in horticulture who has won the Garden Writer's Guild Journalist of the Year award.
Pictures will be posted Friday morning to give our print friends a shot at the contest, too.