We are experimenting with planting the hay rattle in patches of the invasive meadowsweet. Hay rattle is a semi-parasite – it can tap into other plants’ root systems, and we are hoping that this may give us a natural means of controlling the meadowsweet. Nobody else has tried this combination, as far as we are aware. Time will tell!
Of course, next year we will need to find the particular patches we have “treated” – so we have brought in a bit of technology. We took GPS (“Satnav”) readings for each of the patches:
We also noticed some “fairy rings” of large mushrooms in the meadows:
In the meantime, our other work party was busy doing litter picking – an “autumn spring clean”, perhaps?