In the last post I sang the praises of comfrey. This multi use plant is going to serve in another capacity On the homestead. It is going to help me push out a plant that could be very harmful and toxic. On the other hand the plant could be no more than a common wild carrot.
That’s right, I’m talking Queen Anne’s lace, and water hemlock. These two plants ate so similar to each other that it takes an expert, or a lucky guess to distinguish them. Since one is toxic and deadly, there will be no guessing.
here is a link to what the CDC has to say about water hemlock, and how simply deadly it is.
The alternative to the water hemlock is the wild carrot, or Queen Anne’s lace. Since there is such a risk involved, and I am not an expert I have opted to get rid of it from the property. There are a couple of ways that I am planning to do this.
The first is to disadvantage with extreme prejudice, and scissors. Every time I find it I chop it and it heads for a landfill. Another method I plan to employ is the use of light blocking squares. These are simply framed black plastic placed over the area to induce death of the plant.
The second is with the use of comfrey. The comfrey seems to grow side by side with this plant just fine. When I harvest comfrey for compost, and compost tea however I have observed that the invasive does not like to grow under it.
Using these methods I think that I can beat back the pest, and not have to worry about anyone getting ahold of this potential killer.
If you have battled with this pest before and have advice for beating it back WITHOUT pesticides, please drop me a note. I would love to hear from you.