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    Hello and welcome, Tailless.

    I know the problems of gardening when there are dogs about. I'm currently fencing in one of my plots to keep our three mutts from digging up the potatoes and scoffing all the melons before we get to eat any.

    Your plot sounds marvellous. Bet you just love spending time there.

    Edited to add: I have a massive problem with bindweed, but this year I'm feeling quite optimistic about dealing with it with my hori-hori, recommended by Jay-ell (who suggested the thermos). It has a long, narrow and tapering blade that is good for digging down deep without too much disturbance of the soil to the side. Wouldn't be without it now. Even if the bindweed root snaps off, it's a long way down, so the plant will eventually be weakened (I hope).
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    There is a secret no dig organic weapon for removing bindweed.

    I trialed it one year on one of my beds but really need to get it up and running. Might see next year about working it into a crop rotation.
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    Hello Tailless welcome to the forum! I’ve got some hedgehog trampled peas,my cats really careful stepping over plants but I’ve got a fat pathway through the flowering peas & hedgehog poo,I don’t mind it was probably eating pests. Having other people’s dogs running through is a bit much. I hope the weather improves for us all
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    Wow, thank you all for such a warm welcome!

    I’m sure most people have experienced those forums where you join, leave an introductory message as per instructions, and after three or four days someone says ‘Yeah... hi.’

    And thank you for such great suggestions!

    @Nickdub: bottle cloches, of course! Perfect solution.

    @Jungle Jane: Ah I do envy you your hedgehogs, although I agree it would be slightly more helpful if they didn’t march determinedly through your peas! And yes, please let warmer weather arrive soon for everyone.

    @Jay-ell and Snoop Puss: I haven’t come across a hori-hori before, but having looked it up I can instantly see why it would be an incredibly useful tool. My birthday is next month so I’ll keep staring meaningfully at it until my husband gets the hint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    There is a secret no dig organic weapon for removing bindweed.

    I trialed it one year on one of my beds but really need to get it up and running. Might see next year about working it into a crop rotation.
    Movable chicken run?
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    Hi there, and welcome to the Vine from me too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    Movable chicken run?
    How remiss of me not to actually mention what it is.

    I don't have chickens plus would they get to the whole of the roots?

    It's Tagetes Minutae - the Mexican Marigold. Grows to about 4 foot tall with small flowers later on in the season.

    Sarah Raven trialed it and was raving about it and the bed I tried it on seemed to clear up - it was in a bed with two compost bins, squash growing up an arch and various herbs like basil and coriander.

    I think it needs a long season and had to be started off early in flats.

    It's leaves are edible and went well with a salad.

    I think the problem was that it's a largish plant so takes a bit out of each bed.
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    And an elephant sized welcome from me to.
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