Even my triumph over thistles started with a failure. Ever had issues with your whipper snipper / line trimmer? Well today I decided to whipper snipper the variegated thistles that are threatening to take over what we call Kangaroo Valley a pretty part of the property that always has loads of grazing 'roos. But I couldn't get the xxx***xxx nylon line on the whipper snipper to extend, aarrgghh!
First, let me introduce to you to the agricultural weed - Variegated Thistle (Silybum marianum).
|Photo from Victorian Government Department of Environment and Primary Industries linked to above|
With no whipper snipper to aid me and keen not to waste the day totally, I decided to do what I could by hand. Armed with long sleeves and thick gloves, I decided to hand weed this beasty. With the soil being soft from lots of rain and their tendency to overcrowd themselves they were easy to pull out. I cleaned up three big patches.
Thistles and nettles are pretty known for being rich in nutrients so I packed all the pulled thistles into the back of the truck to bring them home. I placed them on the new beds I am building to make a nutrient rich mulch of organic matter. Piled on top of cardboard, some soil from a nearby valley and cow pooh I am sure they will add to my veggie patch preparation.
|A very spikey leaf|
|Die thistle and fertilise!|
Do you have a favourite weed that adds to your veggie patch?