Spray or dig?????

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victoria park

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Re: Spray or dig?????
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2018, 20:44 »
So our new plot is overgrown with lovely ground elder. I am in the process of meticulously digging every bit of the plot to try and get to all the roots. I have since read that spraying with glyphosphate is the way to go. I quite enjoy the mind numbing and laborious task of taking and digging but is spraying going to get the job done more effectively?.
It will do it more effectively and quicker for 6 months, but next year they'll be back as high as an elephant if the plot isn't regularly tended to. There are many many things to read online, and all tastes are catered for. I myself, stick to the dig thing as the chemical free thing is important to me. Timing of the digging is the important thing and advice about that should be heeded. Other plot neighbours see it differently.

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Re: Spray or dig?????
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 21:51 »
So our new plot is overgrown with lovely ground elder. I am in the process of meticulously digging every bit of the plot to try and get to all the roots. I have since read that spraying with glyphosphate is the way to go. I quite enjoy the mind numbing and laborious task of taking and digging but is spraying going to get the job done more effectively?.
It will do it more effectively and quicker for 6 months, but next year they'll be back as high as an elephant if the plot isn't regularly tended to. There are many many things to read online, and all tastes are catered for. I myself, stick to the dig thing as the chemical free thing is important to me. Timing of the digging is the important thing and advice about that should be heeded. Other plot neighbours see it differently.
With you there VP.  We aren't plagued with ground elder but when we got our plot we were hosts to horsetail central.   Some neighbours used kurtail several times but it always came back.  I grew through it but over time we put all the soil through a giant freestanding sieve OH made.  The effort was large, but we have pretty much eradicated it now and we have avoided using chemicals.
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theothermarg

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Re: Spray or dig?????
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2018, 20:15 »
My allotment neighbours have decided to dig not spray or burn, not such a huge job as it is already set out as raised beds with quite wide paths.
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Toosje

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Re: Spray or dig?????
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2018, 21:09 »
Really just dig a bit at the time, ho (weed with the iron thing) as soon as you see a little green top: this way you wil exhaust the root and keep your plot clean.

We have a lot of horsetail, the stubborn grass and the windy thing with the white flowers. Our plot is clean where it needs to be and the rest is under construction: we filter and then keep it clean with ... haha google has no word for it. Our soil is heavy sticky clay.
Our neighbor gardner has been doing it this way for years and has hardly any weeds at all.

It might be easier now to spray, but in the long run, it isn't the way to go.


 

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snowdrops

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Re: Spray or dig?????
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2018, 09:22 »
This is always a hard one isnít it. It depends on what weeds,how fit & healthy you are, how many of you there are,how much time you have,how you feel about organic, personally I have sprayed in the past, but I donít now & wont be doing again. I now realise that I value my soil so much more, but then Iíve stopped digging for that reason. Iíve just visited Charles Dowdingís no dig garden Homeacres& it was a true inspiration.

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Growster...

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Re: Spray or dig?????
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2018, 20:14 »
Time - space - energy - age - knowledge - organic 'requirements' - family - money for tools - research - like life...

Decision time, eh?



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