Red Dead Nettle

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Red Dead Nettle

Postby Cosmic » Mon May 19, 2008 11:41 am

Rotten stuff invaded my veggie beds three years ago. I read various information, like - it is pretty leave it.........No thanks
it seeds readily and is a constant pain to remove even though it pulls up easily enough, it scatters its seed which is tiny. It is resistant to glysophate so no point in spraying. It came in as a weed with some pea straw and I am not looking forward to summer when it absolutely fills every bit of space, grows well through mulch no matter how thick and generally ruins my enjoyment of gardening. Any ideas? Is there an organic solution, might changing the ph of the soil get rid of it. I have a 6 bed rotation system and can leave one fallow with no problems.
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Re: Red Dead Nettle

Postby Abbi » Tue May 20, 2008 10:49 pm

Is that lamium? I love it, i have the white and pink one as ground cover in several beds. :roll:

Sorry, Cosmic, that's not much help is it? :D
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Re: Red Dead Nettle

Postby Pam » Wed May 21, 2008 5:40 am

Reading does suggest it can be an absolute mongrel to get rid of, but sorry Cosmic, you already know that, hey? Is newspapers under your mulch an option?
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Re: Red Dead Nettle

Postby Kieran F » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:42 am

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organic ... .php?id=49
this site suggests you should let them grow to seedlings, then turn the soil (soil cultivation)

more information is here http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organic ... .php?id=13
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Re: Red Dead Nettle

Postby guzzigirl » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:21 am

what about solarisation? In summer cover the beds in plastic so that the heat kills it off?
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