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Lost Spoke Ranch

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Hi Everyone:

I am wondering if any of you have suggestions about an effective way to get rid of Tumbleweeds.
Each year they seem to take over more and more of our pasture.
One day I think one of our minis will roll away on one of them.
Thank you for any suggestions.


Dawn
 

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Are they actually in a grass pasture? or in a dry lot? When we bought our place it was ALL tumbleweeds, goatheads, and grass burrs. It took several years to finally get caught up with them, now we are ahead! The easiest and best way is to burn them so the things can't reseed the area. If they get the chance to dryout at all, the seeds are there for next season. If you're ambitious, pull them up while they are green and haul them off or burn them.

We do have a really good recipe for killing weeds. It will kill anything green though.
 

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"Get them while their young" (lil guys) and have very little bulk to them, as their branches are their seeds.. Use a hoe and scrape/chop them off at the base, and keep at it until they are gone..I am in Arizona too, and this is the only way I have been able to keep them from getting a foothold on the land.
 

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Thank you minimule and Margaret for your suggestions for getting rid of the rolly pollies. Looks like we have a lot of work to do!


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not sure what your tumbleweed is exactly but we have weeds that tumble and they are called kochia they dont grow much until it is 100 degrees and then they grow I swear 2 feet a day........so my place is currently over run however ...the sheep goat, and horses all find the kochia quite palatable .........the sheep and goat eat it even once it is over grown the horses like it when it is young.......
 

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Eat them...
I saw one time on tv where they made all sorts of good foods from Tumbleweeds.

If you look on the internet you will find lots of recipes!
 

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Tommy, my folks rented a weedburner one year, and it not only gets rid of the plants but 'cooks' and explodes the seeds left..... they did not have them in their yard for a looooong time after that...

Eat them? Ew
 

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Tumbleweeds were imported by a rancher to use as a cheap cattle feed. It's real name is Russian Thistle. It grows rapidly with little water. If it does get watered regularly, it will grow even more. Hubby thinks we should figure out a way to use them as an energy source.....ever burned a pile of them.
 

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HGFarm said:
Tommy, my folks rented a weedburner one year, and it not only gets rid of the plants but 'cooks' and explodes the seeds left.....  they did not have them in their yard for a looooong time after that...
Eat them?  Ew

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Laurie,

Who did they rent the weedburner from?

Thanks

Tommy
 

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You can buy a weedburner at stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. They really aren't that costly and they aren't bad to have around. You buy the "torch" end of it and it attaches to a regular propane tank, like you use on a BBQ. I think ours was around $40 + the tank.
 

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sounds like kudsu here in the south it can grow 6 inches a day and nothing here will eat it. In Japan folks and cattle eat the stuff.Rarely a good idea to introduce things to new areas that aren't native there.

HGFarm said:
Tommy, my folks rented a weedburner one year, and it not only gets rid of the plants but 'cooks' and explodes the seeds left.....  they did not have them in their yard for a looooong time after that...
Eat them?  Ew

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Thank you everyone for replying and your suggestions.


I think we will look into getting a weedburner.
The thought of eating them lacks appeal, but I did look around the net for recipies and was unable to find any. We do love Artichokes so thought, what the heck, it maybe worth looking into since it's name is Russian Thistle.


I may have been by the page you looked at minimule because I saw where they were used for inexpensive cattle hay in the 30's.


You never know, putting our heads together, we may come up with a practical use for them yet!
Thanks again all!


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FRESH GREEN CHILE SOUP WITH TUMBLEWEED GREENS

Recipe By :

Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00

Categories : Soups Appetizers

Vegetables

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

-------- ------------ --------------------------------

12 ea Green anaheim chiles

2 md Red bell peppers

2 lg Potatoes, cubed

2 1/2 ts Salt

6 c Stock

1 t Black pepper

3 ea Garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 c Tumbleweed greens, for

-- garnish

Roast the chiles and peppers by the Open-Flame Method.

Peel the chiles and peppers, pull off the stems,

remove the seeds and veins, and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, parboil the potatoes in boiling

water with 1 teaspoon of the salt until tender.

Puree the green chiles and then the red peppers

separately in a food processor until smooth. Mix the

purees together, add the potatoes and stock, and

process in 2-cup batches for another minute, or until

smooth. Add the remaining salt, the pepper, and garlic

and process again. Press the puree through a fine

sieve. Heat the puree in a saucepan. Serve hot,

garnished with tumbleweed greens.
 

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Southern_Heart said:
FRESH GREEN CHILE SOUP WITH TUMBLEWEED GREENS
Recipe By    :

Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00

Categories    : Soups                            Appetizers

                Vegetables

  Amount  Measure      Ingredient -- Preparation Method

--------  ------------  --------------------------------

  12      ea          Green anaheim chiles

    2      md          Red bell peppers

    2      lg          Potatoes, cubed

    2 1/2  ts          Salt

    6      c            Stock

    1      t            Black pepper

    3      ea          Garlic cloves, chopped

      1/4  c            Tumbleweed greens, for

                        -- garnish

  Roast the chiles and peppers by the Open-Flame Method.

  Peel the chiles and peppers, pull off the stems,

  remove the seeds and veins, and set aside.

  In a medium saucepan, parboil the potatoes in boiling

  water with 1 teaspoon of the salt until tender.

  Puree the green chiles and then the red peppers

  separately in a food processor until smooth.  Mix the

  purees together, add the potatoes and stock, and

  process in 2-cup batches for another minute, or until

  smooth. Add the remaining salt, the pepper, and garlic

  and process again. Press the puree through a fine

  sieve. Heat the puree in a saucepan. Serve hot,

  garnished with tumbleweed greens.

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Thank you for the recipe and it sounds very good and the tumble weed garnish would be very nice, but Tommy said he's going with getting the flame thrower!


Dawn
 

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