First, I'll show you some of the lovely flowers that are defying the frosty nights and still blossoming, in the hopes that that will cheer you up.
Above is a snap dragon, and below are some dianthus, followed by close-ups of them as I felt this first picture did not do the individual flowers justice, and those of you who are bloom-starved might like to feast your eyes on them.
My petunias are bravely soldiering on too - I planted these as annuals in June. They are starting to behave like perennials!
My word on weeds is "Therapy"! For some gardeners that may mean they need therapy when they see a garden full of weeds. For me, strangely enough, the process is therapeutic. Am I crazy? Don't answer that. But many gardeners I've met say the same thing. It gives us great satisfaction to pull out weeds. Mind you, most of the people I've discussed this with were weeding voluntarily with the Edgewood Weed Warriors at the time of the conversation, so perhaps my surveying methods were flawed!
I've been very vigilant about keeping the veggie garden weed free, since last year when I tried to convince myself that it was really a "green" mulch and that I'd dig them back through as "green" fertilizer! That did not work out so good - especially for the poor over-run beets that never quite took off. In the end, I had to weed and then cover them with compost mulch during the summer, and that has kept me on top of things here. Now, the raised beds look much smarter...
wood chip mulch is doing a pretty good job at weed control in the front garden, and now that I've planted the as-yet-baby-plant natives, the front garden looks clean and weed free.
So - getting back to my word on weeds. I do love to look back on a patch of ground that I've cleared of weeds, and the denser they grow, the greater my gratification with the job.
The trick with weeds is to not let yourself get overwhelmed by the task at hand. Set yourself a target and work a little bit a day - ten minutes, thirty minutes, an hour - whatever works for your concentration span and what your back can manage. Don't worry if you don't get it all done in one sitting. Those blighters aren't going anywhere - more's the pity!
It's best to get them out by the roots. I think that there is an optimum weed pulling size. Too small and it's way too fiddly ( and not quite as satisfying) Too big and the roots are too hard to get - I like my weeds about two inches long.
Each day, I roll back the weed frontier by a couple of feet. I like to keep it geometric and work in foot wide strips each time.