Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy Sept 1, 2013 8:18:41 GMT -5
Post by MikeH on Sept 1, 2013 8:18:41 GMT -5
Did you plant the Queens Anne Lace Mike or had it been there already?,ive set myself a 2km limit where if i see any on the sides of the road i grub it out,i dont want it anywhere near my place
I use the term a bit more loosely - no animal manure. Here, we are a got-a-medical-problem-take-a-pill culture. This even extends to animals. I'd be loathe to use animal compost from any commercial operation and I don't even take it now from a friend's hobby farm. One of her horses was doing poorly and the vet prescribed some kind of antibiotic. Using the precautionary approach, I decided not to use any animal manure regardless of source. I can screw things up easily enough without outside help so I now stick closer to home for my fertility.
I'd bet that Queen Anne's Lace came over on the Mayflower and was first off the boat at Plymouth Rock in 1620. It's everywhere although it tends to cycle a bit because it's biennial. Some years are much worse that others. This is a very heavy year. Trying to eradicate it on our property isn't on my tilting at windmills list. And I'm much less predisposed to going after it or most weeds now because of what we've seen happen in the orchard this year. It has a long taproot which is a good thing for aerating the soil. The root is edible in a pinch and would be much more edible if the pinch started to hurt. We just want to see if we can reduce whatever immediate seed drop there might be in the orchard so that other plants have a chance to establish with less competition.
Just about everything is here. A thing enough mat of densely packed material in the fall combined with snow cover for moisture in the spring and things rot quickly. We saw that last year when we mulched freshly planted heartnuts with 6 foot rings of grass clippings. By the fall, when I checked there were the rotted remains of dock, goldenrod, and twitchgrass. Whether white clover roots behave like twitchgrass roots will be the test. Twitchgrass roots seem to lie dormant in the soil undisturbed and then return with a vengeance.