News from the Mediterranean Garden by Susie Hauxwell

Lady Anne’s team have been tackling Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) the scourge of the Mediterranean Garden.  This ephemeral weed has really taken advantage of the mild weather and seems to have germinated at a monstrous rate. 

Hairy Bittercress can mature and set seed very quickly and is capable of many generations a year. Its life cycle really gets a hold in autumn time when it sets seed prolifically.  In an average winter its growth is checked by the cold weather but with only a hand full of frosts worth mentioning, it had taken hold and formed a green carpet in some beds.  Armed with patience, hand forks and kneeling pads the problem has been addressed.

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