• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies living kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • raven ranson
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • paul wheaton
  • Devaka Cooray
stewards:
  • Burra Maluca
  • Miles Flansburg
  • Julia Winter
garden masters:
  • Dave Burton
  • Anne Miller
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Mark Tudor
  • Pearl Sutton

Quickweed?  RSS feed

 
Posts: 38
Location: Missouri
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Does anyone know if chickens will eat quickweed? If so, they might be the answer I'm looking for. Pile in a bunch and let them grub it into the ground. Avery single sprout.

I know where there is a garden that has become infested the stuff. It is mostly fallow now as nothing can compete with it, so garden gets tilled every week or so in an attempt to thin the horrible infestation of quickweed. Nothing will grow with it around anyway, so might as well till it to kill it. But if the birds will eat it, we might have a better option.
 
Posts: 81
Location: Zone 9, CA
11
books urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I did a search for "Quickweed" and found that it's edible for humans, so it will probably be edible for chickens, and from what I hear, chickens are not fussy eaters. I'd say give it a try and see if your birds like it.
 
Eugene Howard
Posts: 38
Location: Missouri
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
For now, we have covered the fallow area of this garden with clear plastic sheathing to "cook" it out. (soil solarization). Will cover the balance of it as the limited garden produce is harvested and tops pulled.

The notion that it might be edible may account for it's spread. Bad idea, as nothing can compete with it, so any garden area infested with it becomes a barren mono-culture wasteland.
 
gardener
Posts: 5084
Location: Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
615
books chicken dog duck fish forest garden fungi homestead hugelkultur hunting pig
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Eugene, if you don't have one going already, get a compost heap cooking along since the solarization of that soil will kill off your microorganisms and they will need to be replenished for good plant growth.

Redhawk
 
permaculture is largely about replacing oil with people. And one tiny ad:
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show
http://permaculture-design-course.com/
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!