Follow plot holder Janet Bostock has shared her tips on dealing with weeds at the plot.
“The old adage, “a plant in the wrong place” is true. Whether native or a plant from another country, pretty and attractive to pollinators, if they spread too easily and are difficult to control then they become a problem.
You can save time by knowing them and removing them BEFORE they have settled in!
Why might that pretty plant become a problem?
Because it is difficult to control and difficult to remove once established.
Because the plant readily spreads across your plot, to neighbouring plots, gardens or over the fence into the wild.
Plants with deep roots (dandelions, blackberry, horse radish, green alkanet, ash, oak). Many arrive as seedlings which are easy to remove while small.
Plants with runners above or below ground (ground ivy, bindweed, nettles)
Plants seeding and spreading easily (dandelions, euphorbias, pendulous sedge)
Plants with bulbs, increasing both by seed and new bulbs (garlics, oxalis, Spanish bluebells)
Removing “weeds” when small, before they establish, is much easier than waiting till they become a problem.
Monty Don’s advice.
I haven’t mentioned horsetails. Just a nightmare of an invasive weed!
There are others that appear, foxgloves or forget me not for example, which are easy to pull up if in the way so can be enjoyed or moved to a convenient place.
Some can be eaten and enjoyed – Three cornered leek, all of the plant can be eaten, treated as a small leek. Young nettle leaves make a delicious nettle soup.
Enjoy your gardening.