Today's work was weeding. There's a short trail that runs along a marsh, culminating in an opening adjacent to the water. Over time, weeds started to choke the path and it was the volunteers' job to clear the path. Mugwort was the primary weed to pull, but we also dealt with bull-thristles and catch-weeds. Mugworts were easy to pull, you just have to have the patience to reach close to its root and pull gently. No point of snapping the stem off to have them re-grow quickly. Bull-thristles are nasty plants that have needles that pull through gloves easily. The trick is to hold the whole plant down with foot then dig around the root, plus scrape away any needles near the root, then yank the whole thing out. Catch-weeds are thus called because all along their vine length there are these round pods that cling, or catch, to anything that comes into contact with them. The weed climbs all over the area, choking native plants as well as weeds, so we pulled them out and all of us got "caught". Definitely not something we get to experience in a cube-farm!
|A view of the path slowly overtaken by weeds.|
|A large bull-thristle that awed me into taking its photo before I worked on uprooting it. I should have gotten closer to capture its sharp needles.|
|After about two hours the path looks better, wider and with fewer weeds.|
|After the run from Manhattan to Icahn Stadium to meet the other volunteers and park staff, my T-shirt was soaked and another two hours in the sun only made it worse. Then I got "caught", as evidenced by all those dots on the shirt.|