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Down on the Farm: Purslane


The bane of gardeners, purslane is the most common and persistent weed afloat.

The flat little succulent turns over easily with a hoe. Once uprooted, purslane lies there as helpless as an overturned turtle.

Don't be fooled. Don't declare victory. The battle against purslane has just begin.

Throw it out in the lawn. Mow over the wilting, uprooted plant. Purslane will simply use the mower experience to divide and replant itself.

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Eric Bergeson

Eric Bergeson is the third generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn., a business started by his grandfather in 1937. He also writes a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota. He has published four books, including most recently Pirates on the Prairie, which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure." You can read more from Eric at his website, The Country Scribe