Garlic Mustard is a biennial that sprouts the first year and flowers and then dies the second. That first year plant is small and building its strength to sow thousands of seeds the next year. Those seeds can remain viable for many years. So it's really important to get rid of it before it goes to seed. Unbeknownst to me until this year, the plant is so tenacious, the seed will continue to ripen even after the plant is pulled. Bad news. This means all the Garlic Mustard I dumped into our compost bins in ealier years has probably contributed to the abundance of small mustard plants popping up around the property. The proper way to dispose of the pulled plant is to burn it.
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