Carpetweed is a summer annual that does well in vegetable growing areas, particularly in places that are unmulched. True to its name, a single plant can sprawl over a good-sized area in a low-growing carepet-like mass. The good news with carpet weed is that it doesn’t grow tall, so it virtually never shades out desirable vegetables. Also, it is quite easy to control by hoe, and low-density populations are easily controlled by hand, as a single taproot can feed a widespread plant. We could appreciate carpetweed as a living mulch if it weren’t so fast to set an abundance of both flowers and seed.


Deadnettle is a common weed that blooms in early spring.


Henbit is a common weed that blooms in early spring. The flowers are quite pretty when inspected closely, a visual treat hidden in plain view.