Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Broom is a fun plant. The pods pop when you brush against them, and they bloom a lot.
They are very frugal with water, and are nitrogen-fixers. I've read that they acidify soil. Some varieties are difficult to get rid of, but apparently chickens love the seeds, and are the method of control chosen by even pro-herbicide types. I think the plants can also be harvested before the pods develop fully, & hung near a chicken run to dispense seed as they mature.
I've read they don't like wet feet, but this El Nino winter has been good for some I have growing in heavy clay.
Might be worth considering.
Flowers and seeds of brooms contain quinolizidine alkaloids and can be toxic to humans and livestock when ingested. Foliage may be mildly toxic and is unpalatable to most livestock, except goats.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:I've read they don't like wet feet, but this El Nino winter has been good for some I have growing in heavy clay.
Rob S. aka Blitz wrote:What I don’t understand just yet is why adding sulfur to the soil makes it acidic