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The Bane of my Garden Existence

This is a discussion on The Bane of my Garden Existence within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Matt - I'm thinking digging and poison. I've been digging this sucker up for years ...

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    Matt - I'm thinking digging and poison. I've been digging this sucker up for years and years. It's the cockroach of weeds!- martha

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    Chemicals would be my choice also, just tredding carefully with you until i was sure as poisons are so controversial with some. I treated part of my garden 2010 with chems and there was absolutely no harm to perennials and annuals etc 2010/11 in same area. The committment required for being earth friendly and green is just to impratical with these issues. Happy Eradicating, hope you get some good stuff.

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    Yes, well there are times you just have to bite the bullet. I try to be as green as possible, I use only organic fertilizer for lawn and garden, it's much more environmentally friendly in terms of run off, kids playing in the yard, animal paws, etc. Especially since everything eventually that washes into the sewer here ends up in the ocean at the end of a very long waste treatment. But this pest has just been the worst thing to get rid of, good for my digging muscles. My gardening friends all look at me like I'm a bit strange when I explain my weeding tool of choice is a shovel!

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    for me the weed is the mint,they can go everywhere in the garden.i try to control them by digging the root and not to go over my tomato .

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    Martha, I don't think I've ever seen it before? It is crazy looking...small plant with monster like tentacles growing under ground.
    The worst in south Florida is Cogon Grass. That darn stuff will cut your fingers when you try and pull it out. It also has a chemical that will inhibit the growth of other plants.

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    Truly one person's bane is another's food. Wild edible garlic is high in vitamins and minerals - lots of recipes online. Eat it to death? Some folks use vinegar as an organic systemic weed killer. I suppose you could try it.

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    I use vinegar where I can but I can't in the flower beds since it will also kill my flowers. And vinegar does not kill these things because I've tried that in the spots I don't care about. I can control exactly where I put the weedkiller, it's tedious but I carefully paint it on the leaf in those areas where it has invaded another plant, like my peonies. - martha

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    Matt beat me to it LOL ! Yes this is a brassicaceae growing even here in Germany. But I never knew it had such monstrous roots.

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    abit of useless info for you Martha as a sworn enemy of jack by the hedge but generally since im here this is one of many plants that act as insect repellants, our pest ones more importantly whitefly aphids and my sworn enemy spidermite (which i havent seen for a while). Part of the companion 'random' planting or 'trap plant' methods. Boiled pureed and filtered to use as foliar spray if your garlic bulbs are to prized within the kitchen only.

    So you could dig it, poison it, tear it apart,bang it, crush it,grind it, chop it, boil it and puree it. Just think of the therapy and satisfaction that these actions will give you.

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    Lucky for you and me, they do not like the very warm conditions, the ground has to be cooler for them to proliferate to such an extent. We have our share of tropical weeds to worry about LOL !
    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Martha, I don't think I've ever seen it before? It is crazy looking...small plant with monster like tentacles growing under ground.
    The worst in south Florida is Cogon Grass. That darn stuff will cut your fingers when you try and pull it out. It also has a chemical that will inhibit the growth of other plants.

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