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Hello, can anyone identify the plant/growth on the attached image? It is quite prevalent in the areas around my allotment, but hasn't quite reached my plot yet.
Secondly, can anyone tell me why my pea plants have started to turn yellow? I planted them out a couple of weeks ago (they have gone through a couple of frosts), but they are planted in moist, very well fed/manured ground. It's only my second full season in my allotment and I am still very much learning as I go along!
Thanks in advance


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233
    Fruiting bodies of horsetail. (Equisetum)  Get them out quick. Pull each of those heads out and burn or council bin them.   The normal  heads are more easily recognised. The roots go down forever. The only way to get rid is to move house.

  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    Oh dear!!
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    Are they easier to remove at this stage then, than when they are more developed?
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233
    A case of keep pulling them out. Whatever you do, don't rotovate, and don't put them in your compost bin.  I have seen them push through tarmac laid over membrane and limestone.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233
    What you can see are fruiting bodies that send clouds of spores out. You do not want that under any circumstances. The green fir like  leaves are harmless by comparison as they are sterile. They just clog everything up.
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    OK, I'll be there tomorrow with a bin bag!
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    It does help if you do put a membrane down when laying paths though. Is there a membrane under those stones?

     I have it on my plot and in GH, constant weeding does reduce it but dig down as far as you can when pulling out the roots, if they snap off to soon two will grow in place of one. If it's allowed to mature to a fir like plant, it's been left to long and will have sporned.

    Good luck...     
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    Don't know if there's a membrane under there, it's in a part of the allotment that isn't my plot. Thanks for the help, I'd better get pulling...!
  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 298
    I'm a bit late coming in to this.  If you suspect there is the slightest hint of a spore, wrap the heads in a plastic bag before you pull them up...just a thought; it is SO invasive.
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