Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis

Field Bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis
Declared noxious in most States

Every now and then I come across a weed which proves almost impossible to get rid of, returning thicker and wilder after first attempts to remove it.This is one such weed as it has a deep reaching network of rhizomatious roots which are thin and easily broken. New plants grow from every single piece of broken root. Clear a space for planting seedlings and adding fertilizer is a fatal mistake as this weed will take advantage of the rich soil and grow twice as fast and much lusher than before. It climbs up and over plants smothering them as it goes. As the site where it is growing is organically certified, my only option is hand weeding over and over again until it is weakened by the constant attack. Wish me luck....

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