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07/07/2014 at 20:49

The feathery leaves in the middle

Different, but also feathered leaves

These bigger leaves keep popping up everywhere. I'd love to know what they might be before I yank them all up tomorrow.


07/07/2014 at 20:52

First one might be a herb Robert seedling, 2nd one is another wild geranium (seeds like mad and is a pest here) and the 3rd could be bindweed, just before it erupts skyward!

07/07/2014 at 20:56

Damn, I was hoping it wasn't going to be anything like bindweed, but it's springing up everywhere it fancies, the third one that is, the first two seem to be isolated seedlings just in one patch. Ta muchly!

the first two reminded me a little of my parsnip seedlings a little so wanted check it wasn't a lucky veg seedling before pulling.

07/07/2014 at 20:57

I thought the first one a carrot.

2nd a hardy geranium

3rd could be a bean(french?)

07/07/2014 at 20:58

Unusual that it's a geranium as I've seen none in the allotments, it's a sentimental plant for me and my family

07/07/2014 at 21:00

fidget, I wondered if the first was a parsnip/carrot great minds 3rd I was hopeful for a bean of sorts as it's cropped up a lot, and I dug up a couple of beans when we were digging over the land. What would you recommend? I don't want to leave it in case it's bindweed, should I dig it up, try and contain it for a couple of weeks and see what happens?


07/07/2014 at 21:02

Dig down deep and have a look at the roots of the 3rd one - bindweed has a thick white root to confirm:


07/07/2014 at 21:03


On reflection the third does look terribly like this bindweed seedling.

07/07/2014 at 21:05

How disheartening, to rid the soil of bramble roots that had taken over to replace it with bindweed.

Even with it being a young plant will there be thick roots already? There was no bindweed when we started work on it, just lots of very established brambles, 5 years worth of growth!

07/07/2014 at 21:06

I have got loads of beans cropping up where they were last year. Partly because I didn't clear last years crop and sticks until April, but  I expected the beans that dropped to be either eaten by voles, or to rot in the soil. I might get a better crop off the self setters than the  ones I sowed in pots in the greenhouse!!!

07/07/2014 at 21:06

They all look like weeds to me.  There is a weed that looks remarkably like carrot seedlings and when I saw your first picture my reaction was ug bindweed.

07/07/2014 at 21:08

If they are bindweed seedlings (rather than springing up from bits of a broken mature root) they should be easy to get rid of.  Fingers crossed that they are beans though - still a possibility!

07/07/2014 at 21:09

The last time beans would have been grown on it would have been 5/6 years ago, unless they were dumped on it last summer maybe - it was an ignored plot for several years, and used as a fly tipping spot for two years. We dug up half a car engine last month!

07/07/2014 at 21:10

I also get lots of field bindweed (pink flowers) and hedge bindweed.   I thought today that beans and bindweed look very alike. The stems are different though and you can only tell by close examination. Gently tugging on bindweed brings up the thick white roots.

07/07/2014 at 21:10

Asked the OH who did some weeding the other day and confirmed they had quite thick white roots. Bah. What a shame!

07/07/2014 at 21:13

In that case I would expect bindweed.. Sorry for getting your hopes up.

07/07/2014 at 21:52

No it's ok! I think we will just pull everything up that looks remotely weed-like. We left it for a week or so while we had some 'us' time away from gardening, and they've swamped the lettuces we had sewn, it won't take much to weed it all and sew some more and be a tad more vigilant! The front garden is pretty much taken up with broccoli in little pots too, so maybe we'll put them in there instead. The world is our oyster as they say!

07/07/2014 at 22:20

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