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Monster weed

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 15:56

It is very annoying to not know what it is, especially since it's taking up so much space, and looks like it's gonna hang around forever until I lose patience with it!

I walked alongside the river today and took note of the patches of Himalayan Balsam, and my monster weed is definitely not one of them. They're all in bloom and have far fewer leaves, and smaller ones, and the stem is solid or striped red. And well remembered nutcutlet, the leaves often had a red midrib.

Monster weed

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:25

No signs of it spreading underground so I'm comfortable it's not a knotweed.

Glad someone likes it Patty3! I never thought it'd get this big or last so long unidentified. Was sure it'd have flowered by now. Alas.

The leaves are slightly shiny and smooth nutcutlet. No hairs that I can notice on either side.

Monster weed

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 19:45

I've looked through the ingredients lists on the bird seed packets and all of them are very much not seeds that would grow into this plant. They are all grass type seeds or sunflower seeds.

Monster weed

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 18:08

I agree it's concerning that it's not flowered yet if it's to be an annual. Even my most tortured annuals have managed something. I don't like to think I may have to keep it another year or so before I can know what it is though! Next year I shall not let weeds get my interest!

The stem is indeed very solid and bumpy lower down, which I assume is where roots would come out were they nearer the ground.

I thought it came from the bird seed, as this plant is near to a bird table and all around the base of the table there are what appear to be seedlings of it. I hoe them down frequently, but unfortunately this giant fellow got itself under a cloche and was quite large before I found it, so I don't know for sure it's the same, though it seems likely enough.

The leaves look right for the Himalayan balsam, so I shall have a look through other Impatiens and see if there's another giant that might fit the bill. If only it were Impatiens niamniamensis!

Monster weed

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 11:42

Thank you all for your help. I think you are right that it is Himalayan Balsam. Only thing that doesn't seem the same is my plant's stems are green with red speckles, rather than having a solid red stem, but I guess this is natural variation.

I'm surprised it hasn't started flowering yet since it is an annual. I will keep it around until it flowers and then chop it down. I may try boiling it too! Enough to feed the family!

Here it is in all its current monstrosity alongside the fennel and sunflowers, and shots of its rooty base and the speckly stem.

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Monster weed

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 19:49

I've been asked several times when I'm going to dispose of this weed but I can't until I know what it is!

It appeared sometime around July, which was when the following photo was taken. It is now over 6 feet and showing no signs of stopping. No flowers, but it is throwing out a new branch at every leaf node and getting terribly large! The stem, or should I say trunk, is some 2 inches across, and it has roots going up the side, where it is leaning over. The stem is speckled with pink-purple dots, similar to a giant hogweed, starting from the base and spreading up as it matures.

Any suggestions eagerly received.

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Use animal manure and green manure together?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 13:02

Thanks Fidgetbones.

Perhaps it is overkill, but at least one of the beds is unlikely to be this clear again so this is my best opportunity to enrich it before it becomes awkwardly full with bulbs and perennials. The green manure seeds are getting a bit old now, and I'd like to use them before they lose their viability, so everything has fallen to now. 

Thank you for your advice, and I shall do as you suggest. Now just to work out how to transport all this manure without my car getting filthy!

Use animal manure and green manure together?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:48

Is there any way to use well rotted animal manure as well as green manure? I've got beds free and have seeds for field beans and grazing rye that I would like to use, but I've also noticed animal manure going free and would like to try it out. Can I use them both at the same time over winter?

Would I lay the manure over the top and sow seeds into it, or sow the seeds and then lay manure over, to ensure the seeds roots are going down into my clay soil? Don't want to waste a season by making a mistake!

Horse manure advice

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 09:27

Is there any way to use well rotted animal manure as well as green manure? I've got beds free and have seeds for field beans and grazing rye that I would like to use, but I've also noticed animal manure going free and would like to try it out. Can I use them both at the same time over winter?

Would I lay the manure over the top and sow seeds into it, or sow the seeds and then lay manure over, to ensure the seeds roots are going down into my clay soil? Don't want to waste a season by making a mistake!

what-is-eating-my-parsley-leaves

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 19:38

How unfortunate

I've had the opposite problem and some thing is eating holes in my basil leaves! They eat out the middles of the leaves and just leave the veins! Wish they'd eat some of the parsley instead.. we've got far too much and rarely eat it.

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