[permaculture] Guerrilla gardens
living-change at ntlworld.com
Tue Sep 10 04:28:27 EDT 2002
I was told that goats like the shoots as well and over time can kill the
plant. Has anybody else tried this?
----- Original Message -----
From: "mangodance" <bmn at iglou.com>
To: <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Guerrilla gardens
> Not a problem...to a point. This plant is such a problem in so many
> areas I could not do it justice in a mailing list post. I'm in the US.
> There are few states unaffected by this plant. It has the ability to
> infect a wide variety of habitats. A quick search through any search
> engine using just the common name, or the scientific name (_Fallopia_
> _japonica_), or the name + noxious should provide more than enough to
> evaluate how much of a threat this plant is. You'll also find this
> plant a noxious pest in Europe, Canada, and New Zealand if memory serves
> me correctly. It can establish without disturbance or horticultural
> planting, but that is the the primary method of infection. However,
> hybrids are known to be spreading mainly by seed in a number of areas.
> Waterways suffer greatly due to continuous disturbance from high
> water/erosion. However, impacts are not limited to waterways.
> I do agree with your last statement, but you'll be a hell of a lot
> better off with natives right from the start. They develop in your
> areas over time, adapted to your particular habitats, and also have
> other organisms that have developed in much the same fashion that will
> help keep populations in check. You'll find that a good many of the
> truly dangerous plants that have been around a while, are dangerous in
> many countries and under a variety of conditions....and usually are
> problems because we made them so.
> Felicity Wright wrote:
> > It would be extremely helpful for this list that when people are
> > recommending - for or against - plants that they identify preferred
> > rainfall/climate, soil types, elevation above sea level and any
> > special/relevant conditions.
> > We all live in different continents and climates from arid to tropical
> > blanket recommendations or warnings are less than useful if they are not
> > contextualised. Ours weeds or salvation are not necessarily the same as
> > yours.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "mangodance" <bmn at iglou.com>
> >>mIEKAL aND wrote:
> >>>If you want to break up sidewalks I highly recommend
> >>>Giant Japanese Knotweed in the polygonum family. It
> >>>also makes great flutes, panpipes, & stirfry.
> >>Unfortunately, I can't recommend this plant for anything. It would be
> >>easier just to sledgehammer the concrete than deal with this monster
> >>once it gets established. It is extremely invasive and costs many state
> >>huge amounts of money in eradication projects.
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