Day 55: couch grass

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Familiar to every allotment holder, couch grass (Elymus repens) romps with unabashed glee through untended flower and vegetable beds, colonizing the soil by means of long, questing underground stems, or rhizomes, and rooting every few inches at a joint. It’s speedy, but far from the worst of weeds to eradicate, though the going can get claggy on wet, heavy ground. A dryish day, a cup of tea, and something on the radio, and it’s almost satisfying pulling the stuff out of lightly loosened soil.

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