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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The person who can persuade vine weevils and NZ flatworms to eat each other would deserve the Nobel prize. Might they get them to eat vetch and couch grass while they do it?
I wish!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like your style good guy, the size 12 hobnails. Either way I have seen photos of your garden, there cannot be that much couch grass in such a manicured haven. Come here and you will see real couch grass in all its glory.
Slave 77, you could invest in a flame thrower!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Vetch! Good for butterflies, and fixes nitrogen too.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow this thread is really getting imaginative! I have visions of myself as a flame throwing einstein lookalike with flat worm and vine weevil going head to head in an empty raised bed, selling ringside tickets Laughing and free couch grass and vetch for every member of the audience
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ding ding, round 1......
You can keep your couch grass as I have enough of it.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love vetch too - in the hedgerows but not all over my garden. And I'm quite happy for the beans, peas, clover etc to fix the nitrogen. (Who said it was broken, anyway?)
And why the hell is it called couch grass? Drive-you-nuts grass would be more appropriate.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Around these parts it is called/pronounced scutch grass. Other names for this bas**** of a plant are twitch, quick grass, quitch grass (also just quitch), dog grass, quackgrass and witchgrass. It is the bane of my life, absolutely detest the stuff. Soooo hard to get rid of.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elymus repens makes great tea, i.e., liquid fertilizer.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh I could boil it alright, no problem. Dug up a load of it today just to remind me how much I hate that stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had NZ flatworm for 20 years or so now. Kill it when we see it.

The spread was caused (we think) by using black plastic as a weed suppressor.

Our soil seems healthy enough though
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