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More feral herbs
Fri 16-Aug-13
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mike.
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I was just in the garden doing a bit of weeding and I noticed that the lemon balm has gone feral. This is in addition to the sunflowers and oregano which went feral a couple of years ago. I know that members of the mint family can spread through a garden but I thought that was mainly through the roots. The lemon balm was always kept in a tub and the new plants are quite some distance from where the tubs were kept so I guess they must have spread through seed.

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Fri 16-Aug-13
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Mike, we had lemon balm in our garden in Northampton.......over a couple of years it spread like wildfire, it was absolutely everywhere.  We seemed to be forever pulling up tons of it.  I've never grown it since!

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Fri 16-Aug-13
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I've dug them up from the garden bit. I am surprised they spread so easily. I'll have to watch out for them from now on.

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Fri 16-Aug-13
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Yes Lemon balm once planted takes on a life of its own- we have it popping up everywhere. I would not recommend planting soapwort either- it spreads by runners and is like couch grass in that if you leave a piece of root in the ground it grows away again.

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Fri 16-Aug-13
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Borage and Feverfew are the same - I can't eradicate either one from my little patch.

I'll try that again!

Fri 16-Aug-13
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God, bloody feverfew, in my early gardening years here, I bought a golden feverfew, I'm still pulling up blooming plants every summer.

Sat 17-Aug-13
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Yes, mine has been creeping around the garden since 1995...

I'll try that again!

Sat 17-Aug-13
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A friend of mine when I said I think my borage plant has died said "you can't kill borage" which at the time I thought was strange, but he was right, it self seeds everywhere.

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Sat 17-Aug-13
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It does, indeed, as does flat-leafed parsley if you don't catch it soon enough.

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Sat 17-Aug-13
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I'll have to watch out for the parsley going to seed this year then. Normally I have curly parsley in a tub but this year I tried flat leaf. The curly stuff never spread (although I did manage to save some seeds and plant them myself).

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Yes, I had almost a field full of it.  Took a long time to get rid of it...

I'll try that again!

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