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Thread: Finally getting rid of the weeds - hopefully!

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    MrLeek is offline Germinator
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    Default Finally getting rid of the weeds - hopefully!

    Hi all

    Got the gardening bug last year (after almost 20 years of regarding cutting the grass as a chore lol!). I grew a couple of things to try - runner beans, potatoes and onions. Beans in growbags and potatoes in sacks - wife bought a potato growing kit 2 years previously which I totally ignored....but the sacks still worked!

    Anyway, decent enough results for my first go so now I'm expanding my efforts to include peas, lettuce and the free seeds on this months mag (peppers look tricky for a newbie). Been working hard getting the garden in better shape - the amount off couch grass I've removed is mental - build a couple of raised beds and a small dry stone wall to form another raised bed. Coming together nicely but still plenty to do.

    That said I've noticed that my beds are growing something that looks like 2 leafed clover. There's a few perinnial weeds that are trying to make a comeback...and at the back of the garden behind a 6ft fence are a LOT of brambles which try to get under/ through the fence and i cant get behind the fence to clear them. Therefore:

    - is it worth using a weedkiller to finish off the weeds? I can pull those small weeds, but it's easy to miss that I've left the root behind. I can squirt some over the fence to help with those brambles as well....
    - got plenty of good compost/manure to make up the bed near that fence. Is it worth using a weed blocker against the bottom of the fence? Will it be worth the time now to save effort later (I'll probably have a few established plants at the back to help break up the fence)?

    Jeez talk about War and Peace! But it's nice to introduce oneself before asking questions I think...

    Thanks for reading!

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    Spraying those brambles won't kill the roots, it won't get rid of them.

    Just continue to cut off any that appear on your side of the fence.

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Hello and welome to the vine Mr L

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    Hello MrLeek and welcome!
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    Welcome to the mad house MrL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    Spraying those brambles won't kill the roots, it won't get rid of them.

    Just continue to cut off any that appear on your side of the fence.
    That's what I would do. Just a quick chop with your spade along the edge of the fence should do it.

    Before I took on my allotment it had already been sprayed with Roundup. It obviously didn't work because the perennial weeds were still flourishing, especially dock, the roots of which are enormous. I didn't want to use chemicals so the only alternative was to dig up. Two years on Lottie is relatively weed free and you just have to keep on top of any young weeds making a comeback. I'm lucky though because I like weeding. I find it very therapeutic.

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    Hi MrLeek, welcome. Where abouts are you?

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    Welcome mr leek. I look forward to hearing about your progress.

    Loving my allotment!

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