Apparently thousands of acres in the US are now out of production because of a wild amaranth which just LOVES glyphosates...one plant, which grows faster than the crop and cannot be combined because of the woody stems and branches, can produce a million seeds, according to one government site I read, which said that at the moment the only sure method of dealing with it was pulling it out by hand. (!!) An Ag official in Saskatchewan told producers not to worry , we don't have it in Saskatchewan ( yet).
Wouldn`t it be a good idea to spread this wild amaranth? It would force people and better agriculture to weed by hand or maybe machine again and show the uselessness of glyphosat. The wild amaranth isn`t a danger at all if you weed like people did it since centuries.
Do you have access to seeds of this resistent amaranth? (I am serious!)
Location: Lueneburg, Northern Germany, Europe Zone 7b
As far as these weed killers go, I have found that some work well, usually not the big brands, only if you heavily dose, i.e. poor it straight out of the bottle on the weeds. This is the best way to use systemic if you do not want to broadcast is over every living thing. Obviously only works on small areas.
I have also found that the old stuff,I have access to a shed with decades old stuff, works far better than the latest greatest.
I have for the most part simply stopped using it on the garden except for the method I said, only way to stop thistles really, although digging down to rhizomes and painting the does work.
For my parking lot/drive way I probably will go back to pouring old gasoline on it as that is the only thing that works well, is cheap and most of the nasty compounds evaporate.
Post by prairiegarden on Dec 15, 2015 20:13:37 GMT -5
I THINK that the latest was a sort of 2-4D cocktail and it was rejected by the USDA as "possibly affecting more than the target crop" or some such apologetic comment.
RpR, if you want to sterilize your soil so nothing will grow, vinegar is said to be difficult for plants to handle, especially the stronger concentrations such as pickling vinegar. Or undiluted urine in sufficient quantities will certainly do it, at least for a while, especially if dosed regularly for a few days. At least it's worked to get rid of the quackgrass snuggled under and around the concrete steps, although quackgrass being what it is, it will likely need to be repeated each year. A lot cheaper and doesn't have negative impact on the rest of the environment or on your health.
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I pour boiling water on the sidewalk cracks as needed. The drive is gravel, little grows in the tracks of course and the center is a mat of plantain, dandelions and this wonderful smelling little wild camomile weed. I like to stomp on it on the way to the mail box. There is a little bit of a small ground cover thyme, it holds on but has never taken off like I hoped it might. If grass tries to invade I dig it out or scald it with water. I'm very careful not to spill gasoline and herbicides are completely banned from my property, zero tolerance.