Bind weed on allotment....
gburnett at unisonfree.net
Thu Oct 19 13:45:17 EDT 2000
I'm emailing for advice/opinions/thoughts....
This year for reasons I won't go into here my allotment became very neglected to the point where i
hadn't visited it for months. today i went down there after work and saw that it has become totally
overun with bindweed. i normally have a bit of a bindweed problem but am able to keep it contained
to 'acceptable' levels- however this year it is totally covering all fruit bushes and the soil as
well- a bit of exploratory digging reveals that it has also rooted all over the place (my real
worry as the top growth is easy enough to remove, and dies back in winter anyway)-
I'm contemplating using a one-off weed killer application to knock it back to once again
containable levels, hence this posting- taking such a drastic course goes totally against my grain-
I have always gardened totally organically and have NEVER used ANY artificial chemicals in the form
of weedkillers or fertilisers, so I'm asking the permaculture community for a better way- or a way
of changing my perspective on this- of turning this problem into a solution? What might such an
infestation be telling me about my land? Am I just falling victim to our culture's prevalent 'quick
fix'/soundbite style answers that I'm normally pretty critical of?
If i do decide to go down this road (though I'm hoping for feedback which will give me 101 good
reasons why i shouldn't!) can anybody advise on the best 'minimum intervention' weedkiller that
would be best effective against bindweed yet minimise other environmental effects (not only at the
point of 'end use' application but in terms of it's 'environmental footprint', ie, during
production and manufacturing, etc...)
like I say, I probably just need a zen style 'whack on the side of the head' to alter my thinking
on this, and I hope that's what my friends in the permaculture community can give me...
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