Invasion of the Pigs (Weeds, that is)
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September 12, 2010 at 7:05 am #29098
Please help us with our B-movie (failed garden) plot :)
Here’s the story: we planned to renew a old 3/4 acre pasture/wildflower meadow full of scotch thistle, goldenrod, quack grass and milk weed. After doing some reading, decided to do this by ploughing it last fall, then planting red clover this spring as green manure and ploughing it under this fall, then planting flower seed next spring. But. The guys who planted the clover came too late in the spring and used far too little seed. Now we have a virtual monocrop of 4 foot tall pigweed. I could cry, but that would be wimpy. It just exploded. I didn’t recognize it for what it was til it was too late (& it didn’t help that I was overwhelmed with work this summer and not paying close attention). I spent 4 hours today pulling these monsters by hand and managed to clear about a square foot a minute. Seeds were falling off the the plants as I did so. I don’t want to use any pesticides on this property, for many reasons, not least of which is that my late mother gardened with pesticides and later developed Parkinson’s disease. Is ploughing it under and hard sowing an option? Other suggestions?September 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm #29583
Actually, it’s not pigweed, but chenopodium album, aka lamb’s quarters, white goosefoot or fat-hen. I took a speciment to a local nursery and they provided the identification as pigweed (which is actually amaranth spp.). They’re both bad, though, and I am still in a quandary about what to do…September 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm #29595
If you are willing to use an organic pesticide, there are quite a few products that are based on thyme oil. I am planning to use one of these next week to kill a neighbor’s lawn in order to reseed with a slow growing grass seed that won’t need to be mown every week.
If organic pesticides aren’t an option and you have the time, you could try getting a bunch of plastic drop clothes and earth staples and solorizing the soil, either after mowing short or plowing under.
I am also planning to re-do my own lawn this fall with low mow grass seed but for various reasons (toddler, un-even ground, small yard) I am planning on roto-tilling and then solorizing with clear plastic before re-seeding. Let me know if you are interested in which works better and I will post the results.September 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm #29596
On a side note, I just wanted to say the Chenopodium album makes a delicious green. The young leaves are great in salads and the older leaves are my favorite spinach substitute. However, it would be pretty hard to eat 3/4 of an acre worth!
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