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For the gourmet chefs- it seems that "baby" vegetables are the way to prepare foods in a new way. Baby carrots, baby spinach, baby peas. 

Is this a good thing for a world where we have a food shortage? If we let the crops grow to maturity, we would have more food. Instead of harvesting the vegetables when they are young, the same plant will produce a lot more edible produce if left to maturity. Are 'baby' crops a waste of resources?

Anyways, I digress.

Was harvesting some asparagus in the garden today. In the soil, I can see a few weeds starting to germinate. Clover and crabgrass. Clover will germinate with cooler soil temperatures- so I have been pulling them out for some time. 

Crabgrass on the other hand needs warm soil temperatures before it will germinate. In lawns that are shaded by the grass blades, it takes longer for the soil to warm up. In my asparagus bed, there is almost no shade. An asparagus spear casts very little shade. So here is a photo of a "baby" crabgrass. The crabgrass seedling is just starting to grow. Just before pulling it out, I thought a photo may be helpful.

Baby Crabgrass, Seedling, Just Germinating

Young crabgrass plants are harder to identify. Once they become more mature, their characteristics are more easily noticed.  Then they are a problem for lawn care operators.

In a lawn with a good stand of grass, the soil will likely be still too cool for the crabgrass to germinate. If, however there is a patch of bare soil in your lawn, the crabgrass may have an opportunity to sprout and germinate.

 

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