Night Mares Tail – the thing that will never leave – it's been around for 60 million years. Spreads by deeeeeeeep underground root network, and spores released above ground from new shoots. All foliage has to be crushed then coated with weed killer ad ad infinitum. Don't use a rotavator as this chops up and spreads the root network even further. Use long term heavy ground cover with deep mulching to exclude light. Constant hoeing of new shoots before spores released, may eventually weaken it. Some studies in the States suggest agricultural grade vinegar helps – this is 10% compared to pickling stuff in supermarkets which is a weaker 5%.
Bit more ground clearance down the allotment today, despite a touch of "man flu" chest infection - the weather was so good I just had to get there and make the most of it. No red kites today I'm afraid – would love to see buzzards. I think the kites are getting closer to London, you can see lots of them along the M40 through the Chilterns.
IBCs are something to aspire to, but agree one needs to be sure of their last contents. Some time back, I managed to source some drums in 5mm thick catering grade polyprop which had contained orange juice. These were £5 each and larger than the average butt.
Fitted taps and drainage to them to collect rain water.
Btw, happy to come to some arrangement with the sloes!
With regards to my shed's viking send off, this would involve quantities of last years sloe gin vintage and accompanied by either "Age of no reply" or "The flood" by The Soundtracks of Our Lives, played louder than eleven! Here's a visual of what it could look like...
Clockwork A309 A0163
Wanted: Onza RCR 160 bar ends