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EricsGardenEricsGarden Posts: 141

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,531
    It's a cleaver - known as Sticky Willy to his friends
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Aka goosegrass.  Can be cooked and eaten like spinach.  Never tried it myself, but I don't like spinach.  It's an annual, so pull it all out quickly before it sets seed.
  • EricsGardenEricsGarden Posts: 141
    B3 said:
    It's a cleaver - known as Sticky Willy to his friends
    josusa47 said:
    Aka goosegrass.  Can be cooked and eaten like spinach.  Never tried it myself, but I don't like spinach.  It's an annual, so pull it all out quickly before it sets seed.
    Alright then, thanks all. And I was hoping it was going to be something good as its leaves are nice looking. 
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 736
    food Source for some caterpillars including the beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moth. I pull it up in my main flower borders but let it grow in our ‘wild’ corners.
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Novice23Novice23 East SussexPosts: 179
    Be sure to get as much if not all out, it WILL regrow from even the tiniest piece. I have had it and it took quite a will to get rid of it. 
  • EricsGardenEricsGarden Posts: 141
    food Source for some caterpillars including the beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moth. I pull it up in my main flower borders but let it grow in our ‘wild’ corners.
    Novice23 said:
    Be sure to get as much if not all out, it WILL regrow from even the tiniest piece. I have had it and it took quite a will to get rid of it. 
    There is a lot more of it than I first noticed, it's going to be difficult to get rid of it. I just noticed some of it growing underneath a very large bush among nettles that have just exploded, it's going to be hard to get at it because the area in front is densely packed with stuff I don't want to trample.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Even if you can't get to the roots, it's worth just pulling out using a rake or hoe etc. to hook it out from few feet away.  The main thing is to get rid of the bulk of it before it sets seed, or it will get worse and worse every year as the seeds (which are viable for up to 5 years) accumulate in the soil.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • EricsGardenEricsGarden Posts: 141
    Even if you can't get to the roots, it's worth just pulling out using a rake or hoe etc. to hook it out from few feet away.  The main thing is to get rid of the bulk of it before it sets seed, or it will get worse and worse every year as the seeds (which are viable for up to 5 years) accumulate in the soil.
    Thanks Bob, I just did what you recommended. They come up very easily with the hoe and by hand, which makes sense as they need to travel.
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