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SparklyWellies



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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Location: Oxfordshire
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 05 2:39 pm    Post subject: Ground elder  Reply with quote    

Does anyone know an effective way of getting rid of ground elder?

I dug it all out (or thought I did), covered with black sheets of weed supressor and put gravel on the top. It's growing through the sheeting now.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44254
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 05 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You could eat it:

http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/Wild_Food/Ground_Elder_Recipes_-_Eat_Your_Way_to_Eradicating_a_Troublesome_Weed/

gavin



Joined: 10 Feb 2005
Posts: 93
Location: Leeds, W Yorks
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 05 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've not tried this - but they say that Tagetes Minuta (Mexican Marigold?) discourages Ground Elder (and Bindweed).

From memory, you have to do as you've started - dig out as much of the root as you can, and then sow the bed in the tagetes; it will discourage regrowth, and make it easier to get rid of?

You'd also need to watch where it's comng from - is it only in your garden? Or next door's too? I suspect you'd need to dig a trench lined and sink some sort of physical barrier - perhaps the weed suppressant material you have?

Worth a go? If you do, let us know it works out.

I'd rather not try it for myself - I'd have to go and get some ground elder, get it growing in my plot, and then get rid. Some experiments I will try - not this one!

All best - Gavin

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 05 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Glyphosate it. Then wait till it dies and dig it in. When it grows back, glyphosate it again.

Failing that, remove the topsoil and seive it, and be prepared to be digging and hoeing the seedlings out for years.

If you keep takign the greenn off, it'll die eventually. Take the young tender shoots off and eat them, and keep eating them till it's dead

Sorry I can't be more positive about shifting ground elder, it's basically a complete bugger of a weed that tastes good.

SparklyWellies



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 88
Location: Oxfordshire
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 05 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can eat it? REALLY Well you learn something new every day.

Thanks for all the advice. It seems that whatever I do it's not going to go away so I think I shall just say bugger it and leave it. I've got better things to do and it's not affecting anything worthwhile.

Thanks everyone.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 05 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, you really, reall can eat ground elder, and at this time of year it's really, really nice

SparklyWellies



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 88
Location: Oxfordshire
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 05 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In that case I'll really, really have to try it won't I!

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