Well, Ozark Lady, here's MY "lemonade".
I let all those Jewelweed grow, and left the roped off area untended until today. Since then, the neighbor has stained his side of the fence -- As he worked, he draped a canvas tarp over the fence on my side to keep the spray on his side - so he *is* listening -- and probably sprayed other stuff as well, but the Jewelweed, hopefully provided a modicum of protection over the area.
Everyone else seems to be getting rain, but we're in a midst of a drought (a good thundershower rolled along the horizon yesterday, close enough to set off the Lightening Detector in the nearby athletic fields, yet we only got a teaser of a sprinkle).
In the last two days, the Jewelweed started to droop, and I knew it was time.
Today, I was armed with my hand sickle but the hollow stem and base of the Jewelweeds easily broke off at ground level. I bagged them all. One 2 cu.ft. bag and one 0.5 cu.ft. bag -- both overstuffed, so at least 3 cu.ft., maybe more like 3.5, of biomass, that hopefully accumulated and sequestered all the bad stuff -- Bio-remediation, my style.
I watered the area well, though we're *supposed to* get some rain tonight. Will get some AACT brewing to restore the area. Having to remove all that biomass (which should have been cut and left as mulch) probably means a pretty hefty nutrient loss.
Jewelweed carpeting the area:
Base of Jewelweed:
1/2 of the Shade Garden cleared of Jewelweed:
Straight into the trash!