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.
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.
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.
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.
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