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I can't get rid of ground elder, and so I have decided to check out recipes for delicious dishes. Although the idea of eating my enemy is abhorrent, perhaps it will help to make the agony of living with ground elder more bearable.


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    My garden was covered in ground elder I just picked away at it bit by bit, I find it quite therapeutic trailing the roots along. I have got rid of it now, just the odd bit comes up, easliy got out.
    take a border at a time, do that bit thoroughly before moving on to the next patch.   
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 944
    I try and keep on top of it, but I’m always amazed by how strongly it comes back at this time of year. It is quite depressing. Not tried eating it yet. 
  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481
    It's neck and neck with Japanese knotweed and Horsetail for the accolade of 'worst thing to find in your garden'.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367
    edited April 2018
    Enchanter's Nightshade is my ground elder. Is that edible?
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,912
    Isn't EN pretty easy to pull up and get rid of?
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367
    easy to pull the tops off but every tiny little piece left behind is a new plant
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,912
    I'm not finding that. I just pull it up and it's gone. Maybe mine are not very healthy plants to start with.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367
    Interesting, it's very persistent here and seems to react to weeding out by increasing

  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,912
    Where mine come up is not very fertile, mostly from an uncared garden next door.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367
    Could be it though my ground is mostly poor. They look sick in some places but don't stop growing
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