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KEEP on top of weeding and pay particular attention to pernicious weeds such as bindweed and ground elder.
They're easy to pull out but it's at this time of year, when beds and borders have been cleared of debris, that the first leaves and shoots of marauding couch grass and ground elder come into plain sight.
This can prove difficult with plants like dandelions which have long tap roots and some of the most invasive and difficult to eradicate weeds are perennials - bindweeds, horsetail, ground elder and Japanese knotweed.
Don't add meat, fish or bones to the heap because you'll just attract rats and keep out really tough weeds, such as ground elder, which may survive in the heap, and diseased plants, which should be binned or burned.
Ground elder was a close contender for the number one spot.
I draw the line at ground elder and horsetail, the stubborn intruder that resists (even seems to relish) all attempts at eradication: kill one, as another saying goes, and five more will come to the funeral.
No sooner have you weeded the beds and borders during a fine spell than you'll have to do it again following a downpour, as seedlings emerge and difficult perennial weeds such as ground elder, couch grass and bindweed do their worst, climbing up plants or spreading their underground roots so they are virtually impossible to eradicate.
So far I haven't had time to do much, with the exception of waging war on the ground elder infestation.
I was pondering whether or not to collect it and grow some more when I realised that this was ground elder - one of the weeds most dreaded by all gardeners.
Look out for ground elder, couch grass and bindweed, which are among the most pernicious weeds and try to dig up all the white roots which, if left in the ground, will just sprout up again next year.
Don't add meat, fish or bones to the heap because you'll just attract rats, and keep out really tough weeds such as ground elder, which may survive in the heap, and diseased plants, which should be binned or burned.
My new allotment is covered in weeds like ground elder and nettles.