[NAFEX] Autumn Olive Harvest
hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Mon Oct 11 09:03:35 EDT 2010
I'm curious about your mowing of autumn olive. It's been my experience
that mowing twice or three times a year pretty well kills them. The only
time they have persisted has been when I didn't mow for a year. Then it
takes several mowings. Do you find your animals don't eat the foliage?
It's suppposed to be nutritious, but I have no first hand experience. I
think it was goats that ate it, maybe cows won't? Hector Black zone 6
----- Original Message -----
From: "V. Michael Bove, Jr." <vmb at teakettlefarm.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Autumn Olive Harvest
> Yes, there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. I just sprayed 12
> acres of pasture to get rid of autumn olive, which since a July mowing is
> already 3-4 feet in height.
> If you have too much of the stuff growing in your grass, too, triclopyr
> is the herbicide of choice, and it also appears (from the MSDS and
> published studies) to be about as close to nontoxic as a herbicide gets.
> Michael Bove
> Teakettle Farm, Z6 (MA/RI border)
> On Oct 10, 2010, at 8:28 PM, Richard Moyer wrote:
>> Our farm also has an abundance of autumn olives; they were taking over
>> pastures with poorer soil when we moved in two years ago. With
>> hundreds of bushes in fruit, ripening ranges from late July/early Aug
>> into Nov. Compared to last year, we have not noticed a difference in
>> first ripening or quality.
>> We are saving the best flavored ones and eliminating some of the rest.
>> Sold 8 pints yesterday to a chef making a dessert today; we have
>> regular customers at market. One of our favorite uses is juicing them
>> for popsicles. Our turkeys, ducks and chickens enjoy them as well.
>> As a high protein fruit, we're glad when they can go and harvest their
>> Another plug for Lee Reich's 'Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden': He
>> has a chapter on Eleagnus, the genus including goumi, autumn olives
>> and other relatives. This book expands what edibles we can grow, with
>> a brief history of each fruit, how to plant it, care for it, harvest
>> and use it. The appendices on general plant info worth the reasonable
>> price alone.
>> If you never knew autumn olives were edible, check out some guides on
>> wild/naturalized edible fruits. There are quite a few fruits out
>> there; something available most of the year.
>> Richard Moyer
>> SW VA
>> Eating dessert of figs stewed with Winesap and Kidd's Orange apples.
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