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We have bindweed (also called convululous or withywine) running rampant in our garden. I've tried digging it out for several years but it just cames back slightly worse each year. We garden organically but I'm afraid that I may have to resort to weedkiller. But what can I use with chickens and rabbits free range in the garden or does anyone have a better idea?

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We dont have bindweed (we dont have grass :roll: )

I typed bindweed into the BBC website and came up with this:




Question from Pat Byatt: How can I organically eliminate bindweed from a vegetable plot?

Matthew: You have to be very persistent, and keep going through the bed with a fork and picking the roots out. If you leave a tiny piece it will actually re-grow. This mechanical method does work, but it just takes time.


Bob: Most bindweeds spread over a really large area, so it's probably coming from beyond the vegetable bed. If so, dig a slit trench round the vegetable bed and line it with plastic to stop it coming back in again. Then keep digging up and removing the roots when you turn it over, but also whenever you see a shoot appear above ground just pull it off, because no plant can survive if you keep taking the leaves away at least twice a week. Persistence is the only way to get rid of it.


Nigel: An alternative is to cover areas of soil with black polythene or old carpet for a year, if you can afford to sacrifice bits of your vegetable garden this year. Dig up all the bindweed you can and any other perennial weeds first, and when you take the cover off the soil should be pretty well sterile. You'll need to disturb the soil as soon as you take the polythene off, and you'll be dismayed at the mass of weed seedlings that germinate. That's quite natural, but they're easy to hoe out when young. Do that and you should have a fairly clean bit of soil. ! Then do another part next year.




If you want to use chemicals I guess someone will be along to say what is safe for chooks and other animals.

Sorry I couldnt be much more help.

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Mel - thanks for looking that up and it would be helpful if two of them weren't talking a complete load of ******** (not your fault Mel :) )


Only the Nigel method will work and that's OK if you can afford to take a part of your plot out of cultivation :roll:


We have lived with bindweed now for 10 years and it just keeps growing - despite picking it twice a week :roll:


The next way I was going to try was.........

Put a stick in the ground by the bindweed and let it grow up. When it is quite well grown (and not strangling your plants either which is good) put a carrier bag around the plant, spray carefully inside the bag with weedkiller and fold the bag in and weigh it down.

not exactly Organic - but I was at my wits end with it in this garden - to the extent that we are now moving :roll::lol:

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We suffered terrible for years with bindweed - since we have had the chickens (last october) I havent noticed any bindweed anywhere - they are eating it and scratching it up for me. Used to have a big patch of bindweed intwined in some piracantha - could not get to it for the thorns, but this year the chickens have got it all. They are also very good at weeding our paths.


The only thing they dont eat for us are the nettles.



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When I moved here 9 years ago the garden was covered with bindweed. It was everywhere, over all the bushes and plants and also in the grass. I'm quite a fiend with it and ripped it all out regularly. (I have a reputation for it and can't resist doing it wherever I am :oops: ) It took about 5 years but now we hardly have any. I worked on the principle that all plants get their energy through photosynthesis and need their leaves to do this. Provided I kept it up, the bindweed was starved because there were never enough leaves above ground. Be persistent! :)

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I worked on the principle that all plants get their energy through photosynthesis


So did I, so when a friend moved house and was taking out a good quality wool carpet, we laid it in our garden. We now have a very pretty flowery carpet covered with bindweed.


I think it originates in our neighbour's garden so there's not much I can do about it.

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Our chickens won't touch the bindweed :evil:


Neither will mine - we have been turning all of the garden over over the last few months (very hard work as some of it is solid clay you could spin pots from!)


We have obviously missed some little bits of root as expected but as I covered most of the ground with the bark we can tackle the shoots that are now coming through


I hate this stuff but we have only had to live with it for two years - the first year we didnt know what it was so it REALLY took hold hence our problems now!

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the battle is almost won


Next problem is keeping the snails off me veggies!


The battle may be almost won this week! Next week another campaign will begin - be warned! But remain vigilant and as I said, keep ripping!


My chickens fight over snails! I don't think I'll have a problem this year! :D

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