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Author Topic: Perennial weeds in a no-dig system.  (Read 2301 times)


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Perennial weeds in a no-dig system.
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2018, 11:28:38 pm »

PS - I've just been told that the magic ingredient in elder is CYANIDE  :yum:

That's something I'd not heard of. Too late to tell me know though. I left him years ago.

Sounds like the right decision MGM.  If only we could tell from the pretty outside what's lurking inside, just by looking  :sunshine:

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  • Joined Apr 2018
  • nr Forfar
    • Holos Homeopathy
Re: Perennial weeds in a no-dig system.
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2018, 08:09:36 am »
The magic ingredient in rhubarb is most likely to be oxalic acid, but there is twice as much in spinach. Its only toxic in large quantities, no idea about its weed killing properties.
This research document is for organic farmers, but it may be useful.


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Perennial weeds in a no-dig system.
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2018, 08:38:46 pm »
Given that urine is a potential - have you thought about peeing in a bucket and then pouring that into the freshly cut weeping stems? 

If you're looking for fresh horse dung (which will burn pretty well anything it comes into contact with) contact your local stables and they'll likely be happy to provide you with a bag full!  If you have an old water butt, you can "steep it" in water to get a potent liquid fertiliser - essentially acts a bit like glyphosate by encouraging growth that can't be sustained thereby burning the energy of the plant.

Salt into the freshly cut stem (or salt water) can also effect a poisoning of the plant, and will follow along the systems so may kill more than one plant from the same root system if you're lucky.

I also wonder if chickens may work if suitably caged over the area?
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