Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bramble question...

One of the monsters I've evicted.

Now as I understand if I leave even the smallest piece of couch grass in, the rhizome will sprout and more will grow so it's important to carefully get rid of the lot. I assumed that the same is true of the bramble roots. But today a chap at the allotment told me I didn't need to excavate the whole root just the crown part. Is this true?.. have I been burrowing to Australia for nothing? Help me find the definitive answer please. I can't help feel unnerved by leaving some straggley roots behind...

On RHS advice search it says..
In light, workable soils, cut back scrambling stems to around 12in from ground level. Dig out the bramble stump, taking the roots away at the same to time. It is important to remove as much of the below-ground parts as possible, as brambles have the ability to regenerate from below the soil level. Seedlings should be weeded out.
I think - I'm going to have to go back and re-dig ! AND I'm going not always going take advice from know-it-all chaps at the allotment !!

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Hi Tash, I have been looking at your blog and you have worked so hard on your plot and it shows. I love the idea of the spoon markers. I collect those wooden spoons every time I go to RHS Wisley gardens, I knew I would have a use for them somewhere, thats a very good idea which I may borrow.
maureen :)