Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:07
I have missed almost 3 years in my garden thanks to surgeries to fix technical probs with cervical spine and both feet. While the gardener was away the bindweed came out to play - along with couch grass, nettles, thistles, creeping buttercup, ground ivy and all the usual annual suspects like fat hen and ground elder and bittercress.
For the last two growing seasons I have started in spring, working my way round the garden clockwise to clear the weeds from my treasures and am almost on top of the problem in 2/3rds of the garden but the beds all round our natural drainage pond are a nightmare as I never got to them before the autumn.
Last week I took the bull by the horns and have started completely emptying the bed of all my treasures whose roots have been washed and cleaned of every trace of bindweed and then planted in a nursery bed in the veggie plot. I've forked over the empty bed and taken out barrow loads of weeds, comfrey, excess pulmonaria and the dreaded bindweed roots but I know there'll be some still lurking.
The bed will be left vacant till mid or late September so I can nuke any shoots that show and then I shall plant it with cheap and cheerful pansies and primulas for winter so I can watch for, and nuke, any new nasties that show themselves next spring. It may take two or three goes before the treasures can go back in but it will be worth it.