Hedge bind weed is a particularly pernicious weed which can spread great distances with very tenacious stolons, rhizomes and almost any other part of the plant that it sees fit to use. I have decided that if I ever have to teach plant propagation, I will use this plant to demonstrate that you can use absolutely any part of it to generate new clone plants. This is why I am spending so much time removing it from the new allotment. Even tiny pieces of rhizome can regenerate to make a new plant. A lot of the allotment is clear of it but you cannot be certain so I am sieving all of the soil to at least two spits down. The rhizomes are white and cylindrical and the growing ends can have a purple tinge. The stems can be stoleniferous making new roots when they touch the ground.
|Calystegia sepium stolons|
The only way that I can ensure that all of the rhizomes are removed from the soil is to sieve soil through the bread tray sieve.
|Calystegia sepium stolons being sieved out of the top soil.|
|Calystegia sepium rhizomes can be seen in the clod of soil.|
There is a plum tree in the background - you can just see the trunk. I am trying some forest gardening with this tree creating a glade using comfrey, gooseberry and blackberry plants. They are forming concentric semi circles around the tree. The comfrey is on the inside and the fruit bushes are around the drip line of the plum.
It means that the ground under the plum tree is used for planting even though it is shady. The comfrey can be cut in situ and left on the ground as a mulch for the plum and the fruit bushes. I have planted both the comfrey and the gooseberries with mychorrhizal fungi. When this trench is filled again I will be planting the blackcurrant cuttings.
|Calystegia sepium rhizomes|