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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Harvesting my first BIG crop of Johnson grass tubers. HUH?

Posted Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 1:46 PM
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    Steve, have you thought about getting some goats?

    -- Posted by fair share on Sun, May 31, 2020, at 6:09 AM
  • I was raised with goats and have always wanted some, but I traveled too much and it was not fair to ask Deb to watch over them. I know, a well fenced in area to control out (and in) and a dependable water source could hold them over until my return, but eventually I would have to change their pasture, then water becomes a challenge again and now, I do not have the energy or time to do that.

    Sheep might be even better since they really eat to the "nub". but same issues. Less concern about sheep escaping since they do not seem to have the wonder lust but then I have to keep the coyotes out.

    Guess I just take solace in the "exercise" it gives me. I bet gardeners have better grip strength than non-gardeners in the same age group. :-)

    They would be great though. While growing up I hated goats milk and cheese since they always seemed to find the wild onions, but my adult palate likes it. (minus the wild onions)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 31, 2020, at 12:11 PM
  • Weeder geese.

    -- Posted by tcreek on Sun, May 31, 2020, at 7:13 PM
  • Iíve heard of geese being used. I wonder if they pull the young sprout out or just clip it off. I never knew anyone me who had uses them first hand.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 1, 2020, at 6:55 AM
  • I never saw them used, however, before herbicides cotton farmers used them to control Johnson grass and other grass.

    -- Posted by tcreek on Mon, Jun 1, 2020, at 7:53 AM
  • Johnson grass is the magic word. Thanks

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 1, 2020, at 9:40 AM
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    Steve, I have been thinking about the problems involved with using goats. Have come up with a few plausible solutions. Perhaps one or more could work for you.

    1) Train them to stay on your property. Then they could free range eating the grass and walk back to the stationary water trough when they get thirsty.

    2) Put shock collars on them and an electric fence around your property.

    3) Get fainting goats. When it is time for grazing, you or Deb could let them out and just keep an eye on them from the porch or even inside with security cameras. If they start to wander too far, just holler at them.

    Number 3 is my personal favorite solution. But I have always had a fondness for the fainting goats.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Jun 1, 2020, at 11:16 AM
  • I would love to talk to ANYONE who can train a goat to not wander. We never used shock collars (did not have them back then)but we certainly did the electric fence. It must have just tickled them. We seemed to have to chase them down at least once a week.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 1, 2020, at 11:34 AM
  • Hogs will consume the rhizomes.

    -- Posted by tcreek on Tue, Jun 2, 2020, at 7:10 AM
  • You're correct tcreek. You must be a farmer or avid gardener. Hogs will not only dig as they eat but also compact soil so they are good to use for pond making as well. Not to dig the pond but to compact and seal clay.

    I have a spot out behind the house that would be nice to have a pond but I would have to re-route our water line. Not sure which I want more.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 2, 2020, at 11:51 AM
  • Flood the field and grow rice.

    -- Posted by tcreek on Fri, Jun 5, 2020, at 9:03 PM
  • Earlier this year that would have happened by itself but I live on hills.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 5, 2020, at 9:23 PM
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