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Identification help needed! Fruit tree? Lavender?

  • Identification help needed! Fruit tree? Lavender?
  • Identification help needed! Fruit tree? Lavender?
  • Identification help needed! Fruit tree? Lavender?

I've planted a few seeds with my son and we cant remember what this is!

Comments (15)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Oh dear, I don't know how to break this to you, but... it's definitely not Lavender, nor a fruit tree, I think it might be Polygonum persicaria, or something like that...

    One of the common names is Lady's Thumb, referring to the dark mark on the leaves.

  2. Grower

    Dawn Spooner

    It is a common weed unfortunately

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Dawn! (shocked face) I was trying not to say that!

  4. Grower

    Dawn Spooner

    Ha ha sorry Rachel & Naomi I'm not a very tactful person !

  5. Grower

    Naomi Richardson

    Thanks so much Rachel and Dawn! Im really new to this so please spell it out! Theres really no need to feel brutal i looked up the name, it said its medicinal so I would of continued to pamper it these comments didn't say it's a weed! 😂 :)

  6. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    I routinely get this using a certain compost brand I ' m convinced it's the source as it grows no where else, are you using it too?

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  7. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    its a 40litre bag with added John Innes good moisture retaining compost!

  8. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    It's a fairly common agricultural weed, Naomi: it might have blown over into your garden, or it might possibly have arrived with bird food, if you have loose seed?

    Clive, I think it's unlikely that it would have arrived in your bought compost: I know how they make commercial compost, the temperatures are way above what we can achieve, and all weed seeds are definitely killed by it. Having said that, you never know!

    If anyone is interested in what happens to our garden waste, by the way, I went on a tour a couple of years back, and wrote an article all about it, along with another one on what happens to our kitchen waste.

    It was very interesting!

  9. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Hi Rachel thanks for the reply. I appreciate the heat involved in compost production (having a hot bin) and the processes involved and its very interesting article you've written.

    However the Persicaria growing inside unopened newly bought bags, out the drainage holes on the ends, coming up in all newly sown seed trays, root trainers where its used. Coupled with this as the weather warms in spring in a newly opened bags often contain germinating seedlings. Being curious I had grown them on and guess what grew? (only 1 was Verbena bonariensis). Now perhaps you can understand my 'suspicions'.

    Living on the border of South Yorkshire we might be said to be frugal, so 5 bags of 40L for £10 seemed a bargain & it is good compost. So the down side is weeding it out a few weeds & we still go back for more for repeat weeding. That's why I'm again curious as to whether Naomi may have used it?

  10. Grower

    Naomi Richardson

    I used this

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  11. Grower

    Naomi Richardson

    I live in Liverpool these but been a Yorkshire lass that was exactly what I thought when I bought the compost Clive!

    It could be dawn I have planted some free seeds for bees,, could of easily blown in the bag!

    I know for sure this compost grows weeds, my son's put some in a coffee jar a few months ago and it was amazing at what grew from nothing! Everything died when we took the lid off though, I can't rember if it had any if these plants but it was mostly moss and grass and only about 3 plant-ish looking things xxxxx

  12. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Clive, I'm slightly horrified at your experience!

    I buy the cheapest bulk multipurpose compost from B&Q, and I have to say that I have never had weeds growing in just the compost, nor have I found any in freshly opened bags, nor - for that matter - in the part-used bag. But this might be because places like B&Q - "The Sheds" as they are known - would be using the cheapest possible bulk supplier, and oddly enough the cheaper it is, the bigger the processing plant, the fewer weed seeds will survive the process.

  13. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    I guess so as never had this with Asda or Morrison's compost. Bye the way Asda's is so fibrous its brilliant at suppressing weeds, I wouldn't like so sow anything in it though!?! The upside is 3 x 70L for £10 (an whole extra 10L) or similarly Morrison's the same for only £9. Mix all three together 1:1:1 a brilliant mixture and only a few persicaria to remove! Will try that Niomi worth a try to see what grows when I open a new bag.
    Rachel, I don't think its very well sieved either, unlike your article judging by bits / lumps of house brick, floor or wall tile fragments, and lumps of clay (which I really hope is not residual lumps of cat litter) occasionally included. Marvellous compost!

  14. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Ha! ha! Clive, well said - the cheap compost is often full of nasty things! The article referred to local garden waste being processed into compost, and they give it to local farmers to spread on the land, they don't actually sell it.

    But "bought" compost is also, as you say, often full of horrible lumps and bits and pieces! A couple of years ago I wrote an article about the horrifying amount of contaminants I was always finding in my B&Q compost. Possibly someone from B&Q read the article, as this year, every bag which I have bought from B&Q has been perfect: no non-organic waste at all, and very consistent within themselves.

    If anyone here regularly buys all-purpose multicompost, you might enjoy reading that article, as it explains the benefits of sieveing the compost before use (shameless plus!).

  15. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Completely agree with all of that, and you not alone in sieving, I routinely have to do this from home made compost to garden soil. It's amazing what humanity thought was acceptable to bury in soil or just discard to end up there. The sad fact is the disposal route putting in in household refuse is going to return it there but somewhere else. My pet hate are teabags, why on earth would anyone think its acceptable to add plastic to paper to 'let the flavour run out!'. Having resorted back to plain loose tea & emptying the tae pot on hydrangeas, heathers, azaleas & magnolias reduces the need for buying top up bags of ericaceous compost for pots. They flower & look great on it also works well on spring bulbs. Anyhow must get back to gardening after an enjoyable rant! Thanks for your articles.


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