Broad-Leaved Dock – Rumex obtusifolius


Broad-Leaved Dock

Broad-leaved dock is a perennial weed most commonly found in neglected lawns and rough grassland.
The plants have very deep tap roots enabling them to survive drought and poor nutrition soil types.
A lot of deep digging required to remove, do when soil is damp otherwise root will snap.


Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The french love to eat the young Dandelion leaves when young in a green salad, they are delicious and are know by the wonderful name of pis-en-lit! We all know them by their bright coloured flowers, and children love to blow the white fluffy seed heads. To get shot of them, dig them up before they seed, again when the ground is damp. I cut them out of the ground  with a knife I keep for gardening and pour in some vinegar to the hole left.


That dratted taproot


Dandelion in its entirety


Dandelion with tap root, flower and leaves.

Dandelion with tap root, flower and leaves.










Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria) I like, most other gardeners have a love-hate relationship with this beastly weed, and if you don’t remove every piece of the root,

it will pop up its head in the spring and say ‘Here I am again’!

It is a fast-growing, invasive, perennial  that can spread quickly to form a carpet of foliage that will crowd out less-vigorous plants in beds and borders, so basically weed as often

as possible to get shot of it.  I actually enjoy weeding and feel I can zone out and have time to myself. I promise you, you don’t get many offers of help with this job, unless you cross their

palms with silver. There is no easy fix apart from ‘Start Weeding’!


Ground elder creeping over the ground


Ground Elder, this is what you see above the ground.

Ground elder roots, once seen, never forgotten

Ground elder roots, once seen, never forgotten