I have a good number of pokeweed plants on my property and I wondered if I could chop and drop them on my veggie garden. Does anyone else have pokeweed growing on their property? If so, do you compost them? What do you do with them? TIA.
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I have soooooo many pokeweed plants. I chop & drop in place. Hard to stay on top of them. The do get very big if they get away from you. If you need organic matter I guess that's OK. You could probably compost them.
So far, no livestock have been poisoned. I assume the poultry eat and spread the berries.
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They have amazing roots, so they must mine the soil. The shoots are tasty eating in the spring at the same season as the asparagus, when they're about 4 to 6 inches high. The berries were used a lot for ink in the old days and there are various online discussions about how edible they are or aren't. The leaves of course are poisonous, from what I remember. And I've been meaning to look up the root again, I think it's a medicinal but needs to be used carefully. A nice plant, if a bit prolific and tough to eradicate when you don't really want it around.
Rebecca Hyde wrote: And I've been meaning to look up the root again, I think it's a medicinal but needs to be used carefully. A nice plant, if a bit prolific and tough to eradicate when you don't really want it around.
I looked it up and it is great for infections involving lymphatic system such as tonsillitis, mastitis, etc. but one has to use it in single drop amounts for the tincture. 1-10 drops a day, very max 30, if one doesn't experience mental fog or other poisoning symptoms. I was thinking, why do people even bother use herbs like that, because it can cause death, if too much is taken, but if it is very effective, it is much better than antibiotic drugs, which are also deadly in larger amounts and sometimes even in prescribed amounts. Actually that is what got me into herbs more seriously -after my son had bad reaction to the antibiotic- sudden sharp headaches, sunken black undereyes, no energy. it was scary.