Lisa Stauber wrote:Semi-related, but when planning a pond ecosystem, are there any plants I can put in that will crowd cattails OUT? I am severely allergic to them (anaphylactic/hives upon contact, even with the floating fluff) and don't want any cattails at all. What I can I plant that will prophylacticly keep cattails from establishing?
Dale Hodgins wrote:Along with root harvest, I wonder if the stems could be used either as feed or bedding. It's so fibrous that it might need to be fed to an elephant. There seems to be a lot of total biomass. Perhaps it could be used to produce methane. A mixture of pig manure and bedding could be fed through a digester and the effluent used as fertilizer. This would be a way to harvest pond nutrients for use on land. Nitrogen produced by algae is used by cattails, so a pond managed for large quantities of algae and cattails, becomes a nitrogen factory. I think feasibility would come down to the labor intensiveness of harvest.
Keith Hansen wrote:The dried tops could be used to grow edible mushrooms like oyster mushrooms. I like the basket weaving idea and the mulch idea.