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tel jetson
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anybody have any experience with gama grass (Tripsacum dactyloides)?  I'm in southwest Washington, well outside it's typical range.  I'm thinking about it mixed up with Caraganas and maybe Lespedeza and some others.  maybe good goat browse when it's tall, followed by cattle, then birds.

I guess my biggest questions are how difficult it is to establish and how long its growing season is.

thoughts?  ideas?  experience?  unfounded conjecture?
 
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I have tried to get it established a couple times to no avail.  It needs moisture at the right time, which has been difficult to manage the past few years with our droughts.  You're less likely to have that problem! 

I might try again in a protected and watered part of the yard.

The source I've purchased seed from:  http://www.seedsource.com/catalog/detail.asp?product_id=2011
 
Michael Radelut
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Greg Judy talks about Eastern Gama Grass in passing here:

http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/7954_0/critter-care/quotour-cattle-dont-eat-corn-they-dont-know-what-it-is-quot

Turns out that all you have to do is ... do-nothing
 
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hügel wrote:


Turns out that all you have to do is ... do-nothing


That hasn't worked for me, yet.  Maybe I'm not patient enough (years later). 

 
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H Ludi Tyler wrote:
That hasn't worked for me, yet.  Maybe I'm not patient enough (years later). 




Of course, what is meant is 'do-nothing' in Fukuoka's way, or to paraphrase G.Judy:
Build it (the soil), and they will come.
 
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hügel wrote:
Greg Judy talks about Eastern Gama Grass in passing here:

http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/7954_0/critter-care/quotour-cattle-dont-eat-corn-they-dont-know-what-it-is-quot

Turns out that all you have to do is ... do-nothing


do-nothing really isn't going to work where I'm at.  I'm half a continent away from where this stuff grows wild, so there isn't an existing seed bank in the dirt.  good to know that it responds well to intensive grazing, though, as that's what I'm planning to practice.
 
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