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Brett Andrzejewski
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Hello Everyone,

I have been a lurker at Permies for a month or two now and thought I would get serious and start posting. I am new to Permaculture, but from what I have read and learned so far it seems to be a very powerful technique. Thus, I would like to get some advice on how to deal with Goatheads (Tribulus terrestris). I have both admired and dreaded this plant. I have gotten numerous bicycle flats and have walked on the seedhead with painful consequences.

Is there any plant (preferably an edible weed) that can out compete the Goathead? They love disturbed poor soil and edges, perennial, and from my experience grow well in both wet and dry ground.

Thanks in advance.

 
Morgan Morrigan
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gotta pull them.
Only the female plant tho, i hear. the male has more ovoid leaves, and doesnt set the dreaded seeds.

we have a snakeweed that looks just like it, and is farmed by ants. it does well in the same areas.

You can try the thymes. they can choke out a lot of stuff, and are easier to remove later than the mints.

There is a "fuzzy" thyme that does well in wet or dry, but no seed out there for it.
 
Nick Simcheck
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I'm not of much help because I'm in a temperate climate, and am more knowledgeable in my area.

However, I have felt your pain quite literally and I really dislike those buggars. I think Morgan's advise is sound, also I wound think about planting a windbreak (sage?) which should help in slowing down the spread of the Goatheads.
 
                        
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Puncture Vine Weevils will provide long-term biological control once established. Look for Microlarinus lareynii for the seed and Microlarinus lypriformis for the stem.

http://www.goatheads.com/home/gh1/page_43_13/puncturevine_weevils.html
 
Brett Andrzejewski
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will see how they work.
 
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Tuffy tire liners for the bikes. http://www.amazon.com/Tuffy-Bicycle-Liner-Orange-20-25/dp/B000C191I4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360870213&sr=8-1&keywords=tuffy+tire+liners

Saves many many headaches while you richen the soil to let them get overrun by productive species.

Weed burner or Roundup, AKA dangerous or EVIL. burning isn't really permie, but there are a few things I will nuke from orbit just to be sure--ticks and goatsheads are on the shortlist.
 
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