Monday, 1 March 2010

The New Year brings 'Squatters' (today in my life) Jan 1st 2010

I have squatters in my garden beds; both of them. Different plants in each but nevertheless, squatters!

Bed 1 (the Kale and garlic bed) has been invaded by Couch grass. Easy to identify and bloody difficult to eradicate.

Bed 2 however has a couple of weird plants with 'nightshade' looking foliage. It was with confusion that looked this morning and saw a cape gooseberry hanging off of a very unlike capegooseberry plant. WTF? Have my plants mutated or what? Grabbed a leaf from a known CG in my garden and a leaf from plant 'X' and headed inside for some serious google identification.

'Cape Gooseberry varieties' hmmmmm results showed that they are all bog standard looking and not the leaf I had on the table. The next entry brought up a page with the unknown entry on the page of 'tomatillo'. Bingo! I have a tomatillo!

Here

Now the question is, How did it get into my garden bed and where did it come from?

Oh and a Happy New Year to you all :)

2 comments:

TheCrone said...

5 Responses to “The New Year brings ‘Squatters’ (today in my life)”
1.simply.belinda Says:

January 1st, 2010 at 7:14 pm e

I have to say I have no idea where you might have picked up a Tomatillo. There are a few of us out here that grow them but they certainly are generally not common enough for them to spontaneously volunteer somewhere.

Molly grows some of the more unusual stuff. Had any seeds or seedling from her recently?

Kind Regards
Belinda

2.simply.belinda Says:

January 1st, 2010 at 7:15 pm e

Oh and you have my sympathies on the Couch, I am fighting Kikuyu over here which is is just as maddening to try and get rid of.

Belinda

TheCrone said...

3.molly Says:

January 2nd, 2010 at 9:29 am e

It wasn’t me I swear LOL!
Hope your New Year is a super one too L. Both Couch & Kikuyu are easy fixed with newspaper.

I had both in a previous house, about 40 sq mtrs each of them, I covered with Newspaper, about 8-10 sheets deep and covered with chook manure. It killed both very effectively, never came back.

4.admin Says:

January 2nd, 2010 at 2:06 pm e

Molly I did that! Not only was the newspaper thickly applied, it was covered with weed mat too!

5.simply.belinda Says:

January 2nd, 2010 at 7:42 pm e

I want your Couch or Kikuyu then. When we started out beds we put down rows of entire newspaper overlapped by about 3cm on each side. Within 6 months it was through and trying to take over the world. I am newspapering and sheet mulching like there is not tomorrow and the stuff doesn’t even look mildly challenged by the whole affair.

Kind Regards
Belinda