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Bindweed tea?

debs64debs64 Posts: 4,724
Hi all the bindweed is back! I am pulling up about a dozen young shoots daily and not sure what to do with them. I don’t want to put them in compost bin and risk them taking over. Could I make a tea? Lidded bucket and water then strain and use as food? I quite like the idea of making use of the awful stuff but am I storing up trouble for the future? Any ideas please? 


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    I feel your pain.  My garden is neighbour to two gardens where bindweed is allowed to grow unchecked.  I wouldn't trust any part of a bindweed plant anywhere in my garden.  Definitely not in the compost.  I tried drowning mine in a bucket; I ran out of buckets.  
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,226

    Bindweed tea  don't think it would taste very nice!

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,372
    Were all getting desperate now, I haven’t been able to buy Yorkshire loose tea since the panic buying food crisis stated. 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ManderMander Posts: 334
    Do you have a place to leave them to dry out and thoroughly die? I generally fling the persistent weeds onto the patio and wait until they are thoroughly shrivelled and dead. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,827
    I too would leave it to dry out completely and then bin it.

    Better to make teas with nettles for leafy plants; comfrey for flowers and fruit; marestail as a fungicide.

    They all need to be cut up, steeped in a big bucket of water for a couple of weeks - with a lid to contain the dreadful pong - and then you can strain and dilute to use as a foliar spray or liquid feed for the first 2 too.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hi, I am not surprised to see you looking to put bindweed to good use. I do make bindweed tea. I have laurel hedge at the end of my garden where other side of the laurel hedge is not accessible. as a result, i cannot get rid of the bindweeds fully from the hedge. As a result, I have been making bindweed tea. I cut them off from the ground level, make a bunch of the weeds and drown them in the bucket. you need to cover it to avoid the foul smell. I remove the tea after a week and use it directly on the vegetable patch. I do leave the solids to dry out and put in the compost. I have kept eye on the compost to make sure that no bindweed come out. My experience has been good so far as I think drowning fully destroys the root and stem system so it does not grow back. All the best with the tea making. 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,244
    The problem is, have you any idea whether your tea is actually of any benefit to your plants?
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
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