[NAFEX] weeder geese
naomi at oznayim.us
Fri Jun 19 00:28:25 EDT 2009
Geese eat grass.. they do not eat broad leaves. That means they will leave
the broad leave crops alone (if they do not sit on them) and they will leave
the broad leaved weeds alone too. I had geese in my yard for I think about
a dozen years, so my experience is first hand on this one.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Kieran &/or Donna
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:26 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] weeder geese
Back when I thought I wanted geese, I came across info on small weeder geese
that were used in cotton fields in the south. A dozen geese could do the
work of one man with a hoe. They ran them in the fields early in the
season, they ate the grass and produced a luxury meat crop to sell. They
were really necessary during the world wars when manpower was short. I'd
think that some of the organic cotton growers ought to get in on it.
Likewise it seems that for strawberries the geese are brought in early
and get the grass out before the plants get going good. It's not like they
are standing around on the berries in picking season. The trick is not too
many geese, just enough to do the job. Donna
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