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  1. Kevin Cowans

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    Hello all

    I hope you are well.

    I have this Weed growing in some areas of my Garden.

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    Can someone please tell me what it is, and more importantly, how to get rid of it?

    I know I can probably just scrape it off the surface, however, I would like to know why it is growing on the Soil so that I can stop it, if at all possible.

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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    Hello @Silver surfer

    Thanks for the Reply.

    I have tried to get a closer Photo of the Weed, this is the closest I can get, hopefully it is sufficient:

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    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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    I agree with silver surfer, c. hirsuta, hairy bittercress.
    Apparently, it's edible and used in salads like cress.
    I must admit, I've not tried it....I might now as I have a garden full of it every spring!
     
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    Hello

    Thanks for the Reply.

    Any ideas of the Best way to remove it and to hopefully stop it growing back.

    Thanks

    Kevin
     
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    I am very sorry but once you have it it is all but impossible to get rid of it.
    It flowers and sets seed when miniscule, often hidden behind a small stone/lump of earth/moss.
    see below.
    The seed pods explode and release the seeds.
    They will be in your soil.
    It will not help to scrape the top layer away.
    Maybe a flame thrower would burn the leaves and dormant seeds..(I have never needed to try) that)

    CARDAMINE  HIRSUTA  HAIRY BITTERCRESS 08-May-08 12-37-51 PM.JPG CARDAMINE  HIRSUTA  HAIRY BITTERCRESS 19-Apr-10 11-36-04 AM.JPG CARDAMINE  HIRSUTA 16-04-2014 10-07-40.JPG
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Must admit I didn't recognise it but I have it growing all over, it slows down in mid summer if its dry.
    I brought it in in plants that I bought from garden centres.
     
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      Hello

      Thanks for the Replies.

      I must say, the Photos you have posted do not resemble what I have.

      Also, I have never seen any Flowers on them.

      If I am not able to eradicate it, what would be the best way to manage it?

      Thanks

      Kevin
       
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      Dandelions are my least favourite weed, but this one runs it a close second. It gets all over. And if left to it's own devices it can get to about 6" tall and produces tiny white flowers.

      I tend not to let it get to the flowering part though as this will just ensure more seeds, making it even harder to control than it already is. It's roots are only very shallow and I find gently scraping the top soil gets rid of it quickly.....for a couple of weeks anyway, and then it's back!
       
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      Been thinking!
      I was not 100% sure but cannot think what else it might be.

      Try digging up ONE plant very gently and placing it on white paper to take a clear pic.
      I can then see the structure.

      Soleirolia soleirilii ...Mind your own business...is a thug and mat forming but your leaves do not match.

      SOLEIROLIA  SOLEIROLII 06-02-2012 09-32-53.JPG SOLEIROLIA  SOLEIROLII 06-02-2012 09-33-11.JPG

      It is not Stellaria media...chickweed either.

      STELLARIA  MEDIA  CHICKWEED 07-07-2021 11-31-09.JPG STELLARIA  MEDIA  CHICKWEED 07-07-2021 11-34-25.JPG STELLARIA  MEDIA  CHICKWEED 07-07-2021 11-34-026.JPG STELLARIA  MEDIA  CHICKWEED 07-07-2021 11-34-43.JPG
       
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        Hello

        Thanks for the Reply.

        Frustratingly, I cleared the Area this Afternoon :wallbanging:

        I will see if I can find some in another part of the Garden, although I have never seen a distinct Plant as such, just a mat covering the Soil Surface.

        I will see what I can find Tomorrow.

        Thanks

        Kevin
         
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        I've got all of those mentioned above plus Forget me not and Herb Robert.
         
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          Whatever it is if you dont want it get rid of it, a weed is a plant in the wrong place, but a plant in the wrong place is a weed.:smile:

          Hoe out what you can and spot weedkiller any that appear later in the spring/summer.
           
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          Yep, plus I'll raise you calystegia sepium and verbascum thapsus!
           
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            Hello all

            Thanks for the Replies.

            This is what I get for not being able to get into the Garden since August :wallbanging:

            @Silver surfer

            I managed to find an individual Plant in another part of the Garden and it actually has a very small White(ish) Flower which is still Closed at the moment:

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            You can see the Very Small Flower, just, in the Middle of this Photo:

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            It has been Raining, again, so it is a bit Wet :)

            Thanks

            Kevin
             
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