Bindweed Battle in Progress

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I just spent an hour snipping bindweed vines off the chicken yard fence. I think my sweet peas will be getting more sun now.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

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Karina May 17, 2011, 12:56 pm

Snip yes, pull no. Improve soil yes, add chemical herbicide no. Is bindweed trying to tell you something?-yes….ignore the ecological benefits?–no. It is possible to ‘get over’ bindweed, but do try to understand its’ gift first, then attract your desirable plants, care for the soil, and watch things take off (minus the bindweed of course!).

Sue July 24, 2009, 2:41 pm

I subscribed to follow up comments, and wanted to come back to say that I have only used round up on garlic chives, because they don’t stay dug up, and that was about 15 years ago. I have found that if you pull bindweed, and keep pulling it, it will lose strength and give up, or at least be knocked back enough that it can be kept under control.

I think the sumac is going to keep me busy awhile. I don’t know if it will give in like the bindweed has, since the parent plant is a huge tree in the main part of the yard.
.-= Sue´s last blog ..Blooming Friday, and Things I Didn’t Plant, Part 2 =-.

greg draiss July 24, 2009, 1:07 pm

With all this rain and then a day of sunshine weeds are taking over the universe!! Toss in tomato blight, slugs and Japanese beetles and new gardeners will wonder why anyone even bothers to grow moss let alone veggies!

I will be doing several lectures over the next few Wednesday evenings discussing slugs bugs and other thugs, at Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkkepsie, NY location, to help new and existing gardeners get through the wet summer.

Good luck with that bindweed!!!

Greg
.-= greg draiss´s last blog ..Slugs, Bugs and, Other Thugs Lecture Wed 7/29 =-.

J. Gutz July 24, 2009, 11:23 am

Be careful with your bindweed. I spent two years devoutly pulling and weeding until I realized that was making it spread. Every time you break off a piece, it sprouts from there. I resorted to “Roundup” and the battle is under control.

Kathy Purdy July 24, 2009, 2:04 pm

You are right. Pulling stimulates new growth at nodes. I don’t pull it, I snip it. I use Roundup very sparingly in early spring and in fall, when the rest of the garden is dormant, or can be cut back so as not to be near where I’m applying the Roundup.

~~Rhonda July 22, 2009, 2:42 pm

Bindweed. Oh, how I hate it! It’s been a bane in my fenced garden for years. Keep at it! Someday we’ll win the war! 🙂 ~~Rhonda
.-= ~~Rhonda´s last blog ..flashback to springtime =-.

Sue July 21, 2009, 10:39 pm

I seem to have bindweed under control. Tomorrow is the day I plan to do battle with sumac and a variety of weeds at my garden across the street. I hope your peas do well.
.-= Sue´s last blog ..Vine Dilemma Across the Street =-.

Helen at Toronto Gardens July 20, 2009, 10:01 pm

Only recently learned how very aggressive bindweed is: one plant can make a root system 9 metres square, with up to 25 daughter plants! Happy chopping and enjoy your sweet peas.
.-= Helen at Toronto Gardens´s last blog ..To tchotschke or not to tchotchke =-.