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  • Gloria C. Baikauskas
    Jeff, did you know that goats will eat the poison ivy with no ill effects to them? Many people use goats to eradicate, or control poison ivy. Gloria, Texas
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 17, 2007
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      Jeff, did you know that goats will eat the poison ivy with no ill
      effects to them? Many people use goats to eradicate, or control
      poison ivy.

      Gloria, Texas

      --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff" <shultonus@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > I live in zone 4 borderline to zone 3 mn/nd
      > THe other primary weed in question
      > is also known as horseweed aka Erigeron canadensis
      >
      > It gets sun from about 10 am until just about dusk.
      > It is close to swamp also, during spring water table is generally
      > within a foot of the surface....
      >
      > The raspberries are wild, never been cut back,
      > but have competition from poison ivy, sumac and dogwood,,,...
      > I'm discouraging the ivy, encouraging the sumac, and nuetral about
      the
      > dogwood...
      >
      > the rasberries are only in direct sun 4-6 hours a day...
      > I know the good properties of mullein so I don't mind it,
      > but it doesn't get me fed.. lol... i keep thinking someday
      > I"ll discover a use for the gazillion seeds each plant produces...
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "debhlv" <debhlv@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I have never seen nor heard of Jerusalem Artichoke being invasive.
      > Is it, in your area? Yo, I
      > > love the stuff, and wish it grew here with more abundance!! Love
      to
      > serve up that nice
      > > black stuff to unsuspecting folk, and have them fall in love! <G>
      > >
      > > That Mullein, btw, is some of the best medicine you can have for
      > those who do hard work
      > > for a living; like homestead/farmer types. It is one of the
      finest
      > herbs for helping back
      > > troubles, joint troubles, and is also (most folk know of these
      > applications) for respiratory
      > > problems. Not "food", but is such a gentle, effective, and
      > all-purpose healing and useful
      > > herb, I'd certainly think twice before dismissing it. It also is
      a
      > great plant for opening up
      > > hardpan and other depleted soils- one reason it's growing where it
      > is now. So, if you don't
      > > want it where it's at, why not propagate it where you have some
      soil
      > that isn't doing so
      > > well?
      > >
      > > How about some asparagus? I remember this simply because this
      plant
      > was discussed
      > > elsewhere that I read this morn- but asparagus is some mighty fine
      > eats, and easy as an
      > > old log to care for.
      > >
      > > Am not certain what you mean by "mules tail" do you by any chance
      > know the botanical
      > > name for it, or have/have links to pics of it?
      > >
      > > If you can grow the egyptians, you can grow some fine garlic,
      too.
      > >
      > > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "garden03048" <apdirusso@>
      > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff" <shultonus@>
      wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > So I have this weekend spot in lake country that I go to in
      the
      > > > summer.
      > > > > It has rhubarb that doesn't do too good (too shaded, i think)
      > > > >
      > > > > I put some egyptian onoins there and they love it,
      > > > > but its an old (very sandy) strawberry patch, that is
      bassically
      > > > just
      > > > > weeds. mostly grass and mules tail and mullen, not much
      that 's even
      > > > > edible.
      > > > >
      > > > > What vegetables and other perrenials would you recommend
      plannting
      > > > > to make this space more edible.
      > > > >
      > > > > I'm trying to decide wether I want to put jerusam artichokes
      there
      > > > or
      > > > > not, i have some here in a planter, but they're wild, and not
      > > > improved
      > > > > so the tubers are really small..., and they're invasive,...
      > > > >
      > > > > and what can I do to make the wild raspberries more
      productive...
      > > > they
      > > > > only have one or 2 berries per bush....
      > > > >
      > > > > Jeff
      > > > >
      > > > Jeff,
      > > >
      > > > it would help to know where the lake country is - what zone?
      If
      > > > there are trees around, collect the leaves and use as mulch, or
      pile
      > > > them up this year and use the compost next year. How shady is
      the
      > > > spot? Some vegies can take more shade than others. have the
      > > > raspberries ever been pruned or cut back?
      > > >
      > > > anthony NH zone 5
      > > >
      > >
      >
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