Just been watching the BBC morning news, and was amazed that they were featuring the problems of Japanese Knotweed – it is a rampant weed round here – and some lenders are refusing mortgages to properties that have it in their garden. There is also talk of a fine being levied on householders who don’t make efforts to eradicate it ………
I have it in my garden! It has spread from the hillside below – altho’ I have been uprooting it steadily for years, its well known that only a tiny bit of root can sprout and its back again. Botanically its actually an amazingly resilient plant, and was originally intentionally introduced into this country over 100 years ago to stabilise railway embankments. The roots go down and down and down! (Up to 3 m according to the man on the tv.)
Until recently, no one ever expected to be able to get rid of it, the only thing you could do was pull up the sprouts as soon as they pushed thro the earth. But all of a sudden there are companies making good money spraying it and promising that it won’t reappear. Actually, I don’t believe it. I have built bonfires over it and it still comes back.
They are now recommending getting a digger into your garden – disrupting all your plants – I can still grow veg and flowers in my garden, altho’ as I’ve been ill this year, the garden is looking pretty rough. I’d better go out and pull out as much of the knotweed as possible – I don’t intend paying for a digger!
I wonder how much its going to cost the council to try and get rid of it – are they going to try? There are hillsides full of it.
Oddly enough, I did read something somewhere that said you could cook the young leaves and eat them – like nettles and spinach. Does anyone know anything about this?
Coincidentally, honestly, a couple of days ago, having been selling my photographic greetings cards last week (see previous post), I was playing around with the idea of uploading digital files of some of my photographs onto etsy. They have a service for people to buy them as digital downloads, for a fraction of the price of a print.
Most people sell landscapes or “pretty” pictures, but because I had been looking at a set of digital photos I had taken up the hill last spring and wondering if they would be worth printing up, the first digital download I chose was the one above – of japanese knotweed. If you click on the picture above, it will take you to my etsy listing – its only £3!
PS: Updated on 6 July 2015: Because of the VAT MOSS mess – see my post on this – I decided I’d better take down all my digital photos on Etsy – so this is the only place you will find this photo for now!