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otatop



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 7:53 pm    Post subject: Pests and weeds  Reply with quote    

What is that weed called that looks a bit like clover and has little white bulbs when you dig it up? And how to eradicate it?

And how do snails "do it" - and do they lay eggs?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 5:49 am    Post subject: Re: Pests and weeds Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
What is that weed called that looks a bit like clover and has little white bulbs when you dig it up? And how to eradicate it?

And how do snails "do it" - and do they lay eggs?


Do you mean Oxalis? If so I have no idea.

Snails do lay eggs, some about the size of a very small pea. You often find clumps of 50 or so about this time of year, I feed them to my chickens.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I hope it's not celandine - which has little bulbs on it. Not too clover like, so I'll keep my fingers crossed as it is very difficult to eradicate.

Forgot to say - for small areas it's probably best to did it clean out of the ground and stick it on the bonfire - for large areas - why not read that thread on new overgrown allotment!

tawny owl



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Pests and weeds Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
What is that weed called that looks a bit like clover and has little white bulbs when you dig it up? And how to eradicate it?


Sounds like oxalis to me too - usually bronze/green leaves, yellow flower, and long green seed pods that explode if touched.

Pull it up - it's quite hard to get rid of because it's got underground runners, but it's easy to pull up, and provided you do it on a regular basis, it won't last more than a couple of years. If you do have any that have seed pods on, slip a plastic bag over the plant, hold it round that neck and then pull; that'll keep all the seeds inside.

otatop



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks. It's definitely not celandine - the leaves aren't so glossy. I haven't seen any flowers or pods at all, but that might be because I keep pulling it out.

I don't have chickens to feed with snails eggs, but I suppose the birds might like them - when the neighbours cats aren't around. Are the eggs little pearly things about the size of a match head?

Has anyone ever seen a snail "doing it"?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
Are the eggs little pearly things about the size of a match head?

Has anyone ever seen a snail "doing it"?


Yes & yes, sometimes you find two snails together and the chickens pull them apart.

otatop



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well! I'm going out tonight with my torch to spoil some fun.

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