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Ground Elder Query

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by Irmemac, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. Irmemac

    Irmemac Total Gardener

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    i have a 30 foot long privet hedge which has been in the ground for at least 40 years. Over the last few years we have fought a continual battle each summer with ground elder which grows underneath. As lots of it is in the neighbour's garden, and they are not interested in gardening, we are not going to be able to eradicate it in the foreseeable future. It is limited in how far it can spread because of the driveways bordering the hedge area on each side. Does anyone know if it would be ok to leave it to grow each year, or if it will eventually kill the hedge? Ripping out what we can each spring, summer and autumn is a long, tedious and fruitless task which we have to carry out every few weeks. Just wondering whether we can try to learn to love this pest.
     
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    It won't affect the privet but I would guess that leaving it may help the spread of the weed. You don't want to leave it to go to seed.

    The leaves make a very good soup. Why not get some benefit from it? :)
     
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      Ground elder is rife in this village. Everyone moans about it, and it seemed to be an insurmountable problem at first..... then I read an article somewhere some years ago about a man who decided to embrace the plant as a gardener`s friend instead of an enemy.
      He planted hardy annuals and roses between shrubs in his garden, and allowed the ground elder to pop up wherever it liked. He decided that his garden seemed to stay nice and moist - even in dry spells, and helped the surrounding plants, making a natural mulch.
      These days, instead of trying to dig the stuff out, I find that breaking the top off where certain other things need space, it seems to weaken gradually - but otherwise I just leave it alone, and it doesn`t really seem to damage anything much.

      Just wondering if I could find that article :scratch:
       
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        ....Incidentally, this plant is used to cure gout, rheumatism and arthritis - makes a good salad, and as @shiney said - soop! ..er doopa
         
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          I wage a constant battle with it as my neighbor does nothing about it and let’s the garden go every year.. Merging into a jungle over there now..
          I hate it with a vengeance and weed kill and dig it... I had almost eradicated it after 10 yrs.. Whoooppeeee I thought.! :yay:

          Wrong.!

          Then the son moved back next door to care for father but doesn’t touch the garden..

          Now it is coming up everywhere in my borders on the left.. It does strangle some plants by their roots... I spent 2 1/2 hrs the other day on a bad patch. It was strangling the plants in it.. I dug and dug, got everything of roots etc I could see out of soil, then sieved it back and found tiny bits of root in the sieve, but hopefully clear of it now in that bed..! Cleaned the roots out of the dam stuff and put back the good plants and buzzed the others. Now covered with about 4” of wood chip mulch and fingers crossed will stay out of that bed... My big herbaceous border in my next one to tackle.. I hadn’t realised how bad it was in there until I was moving plants the other weekend!:doh:

          So I don’t think there is a quick way if it comes from another place into your garden..! :help::huh: Thank you Romans for bringing it here.! :mad:
           
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            Thanks for all the good advice. Might try a wee bit in a salad, and I make a lot of soup so I will give that a go. I didn't like the idea of just leaving it to go mad (well, even more mad) because it seems so dominant. I think I'm just going to keep tearing out armfuls as before, just to keep it under some control until such time as I have the energy and enthusiasm to try to get rid of what I can. @Marley Farley, I admire your dedication. Hope that's an end to ground elder in that bed, and good luck with the herbaceous border.
             
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              If anyone fancies some for their salad your more than welcome .to come over and help yourself to mine.

              I think i may have just enough to feed the first 1000 people .:gaah:
               
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                I could probably do the second 1000 @WeeTam :loll:
                 
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                  Just been out for a slug and snail round up. 55. Why don't they make themselves useful and eat ground elder?
                   
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                    You could always add the slugs and snails to the soup to add a bit more nutrition :snorky:
                     
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