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Hairy weed everywhere ID

FireFire Posts: 18,138
edited August 2018 in Problem solving
Hi all,
I have this popping up everywhere in my garden every summer. I have not seen it flower as I have pulled them out before that. Hairy leaves, hairy stalk. Any ideas on ID?

Much appreciated.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,994
    Looks like a squash of some sort to me ... have you mulched with home made garden compost ... that's the sort of thing that appears in my garden after mulching  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FireFire Posts: 18,138
    You're right, it does look a bit squashy. I do use home made garden compost. I get tonnes of tomato seedlings all over. Interesting. Thanks
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,183
    I was going to say melons. Does your compost break down quite quickly? Melon seeds always germinate and die in the compost for me. I'll open the lid one day and they'll be sprouting up everywhere.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • FireFire Posts: 18,138
    I certainly eat a lot more melon than squash.  I understand melons are hard to grow re warmth and things, so I wouldn't attempt to get any plants to fruiting stage. It might be interesting to see what would happen, though.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,183
    Beechgrove did a good trial of ways to grow melons a couple of years ago. I think the conclusion was under glass is best but they are way up north compared to you. I tried in the greenhouse and ended up with 2 small and disappointingly tasteless fruits. If we had more summers like this one though I bet the result would be different.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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