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Petty spurge
Petty spurge

Also called Radium weed, Milkweed and Cancer weed, Petty spurge is an annual plant growing to 5– 30 cm tall, with smooth hairless stems. It’s native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, where it typically grows as a weed in far [...]

Plantain
Plantain

Not the large cooking banana, but the extremely common herb found in gardens, lawns, and roadsides throughout Australia, Europe, and Asia, plantain is also called ribwort, narrow-leafed ribwort, flat weed, common plantain, and lamb’s tongue. I [...]

Purslane
Purslane

An annual succulent, purslane is has a low, spreading habit but can grow quite high (up to 40 cm). Native to India and Persia, it’s found throughout the world, and is quite a wonder plant. A tasty and nutritional  herb, purslane is tolerant of [...]

Safe herbal remedies from weeds
Safe herbal remedies from weeds

Healthy gardens thrive on biodiversity, which is just a fancy way of describing having a big variety of all living things in the garden – trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, birds, insects and microbes. Plants we often call ‘weeds’ help to create b [...]

Spring green manure crop
Spring green manure crop

A green manure crop is usually a mix of fast-growing annual plants that are grown for soil improvement. As soon as the crop is tall enough, and before it flowers, it is either dug in or chopped off and left on the surface of the soil to add or [...]

Tansy
Tansy

Tansy is in the Asteraceae Family, and is also called buttons, bitter buttons, scented fern, stinking willie, cow bitter, golden buttons and mugwort. It’s native to Europe, but is now common in Australia and many other parts of the world. Rea [...]

Understorey management
Understorey management

Many plants we think of as weeds are also herbs, and contrary to popular belief, are often doing more good than harm - it's understorey management! Read the article in Autumn - Week 2.

Use weeds to fight climate change
Use weeds to fight climate change

Most of us want to grow fruit for the satisfaction of being self sufficient, and providing our families with affordable organic food. Saving money and having fun are the other main reasons we hear that people are passionate about fruit growing [...]

Weed management with animals
Weed management with animals

Are you wasting energy and fossil fuels mowing the grass, or wasting your time pulling out weeds? Using animals that are designed for the job can save time, money, and energy; keep your carbon footprint  down; and provide many other benefits. [...]

What are our weeds telling us?
What are our weeds telling us?

Lots of weeds act as indicator plants, which means they’re telling us something about the soil they’re growing in – we just have to learn how to look, and listen to their message. We’ve got to learn how to talk  weed! Read the article in Autu [...]

What is allelopathy?
What is allelopathy?

Allelopathy is defined as “the effect of one plant on another through the release of a chemical compound into the environment” – it’s basically chemical warfare between plants! Plants will often produce  herbicides, which suppress the growth o [...]

Wild radish
Wild radish

Also called Jointed Charlock, White Charlock, White Weed, Wild Charlock, Cadlock, Wild Kale, Wild Turnip and Jointed Radish. The wild radish is in the Brassicaceae, or cabbage family, and is an upright  annual herb that can grow up to about 1. [...]

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