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Sun Aug 4, 2019, 03:02 PM

 

Have I ever mentioned how much I despise kudzu?

I think if I had more free time I could actually make money off that evil plant.

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Reply Have I ever mentioned how much I despise kudzu? (Original post)
Tolk Aug 2019 OP
D26-15 Aug 2019 #1
Tolk Aug 2019 #2
DDKick Aug 2019 #3
Tolk Aug 2019 #4
HerasHeaddress Aug 2019 #5
Tolk Aug 2019 #6
Tolk Aug 2019 #7
HerasHeaddress Aug 2019 #8
Tolk Aug 2019 #9
8541ted Aug 2019 #10
Tolk Aug 2019 #11
Currentsitguy Aug 2019 #12
Tolk Aug 2019 #13

Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 04:00 PM

1. I"m thinking that it was the Chinese (maybe Japanese) that were

experimenting that it could treat/cure alcoholism.

Alabama is full of that imported shit.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 04:49 PM

2. My property is loaded with it

 

It does have some medicinal properties and the roots can be ground into flour.
It's still evil.
Everytime I think I'm getting ahead of it, it pops up someplace new.
I can't believe the government was actually paying people to plant it.

I need to get me some goats.

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 04:58 PM

3. Tips for growing Kudzu

Gardening Tips from Down South

How to Grow Kudzu

All you beginning gardeners out there might want to
consider growing kudzu as a fine way to launch out into the great
adventure of gardenning in the south. Kudzu, for those of you
not already familiar with it, is a hardy perennial that can be
grown quite well by the beginner who observes these few simple
rules:

Choosing a Plot:

Kudzu can be grown almost anywhere, so site selection is
not the problem it is with some other finicky plants like
strawberries. Although kudzu will grow quite well on cement, for
best result you should select an area having at least some dirt.
To avoid possible lawsuits, it is advisable to plant well away
from your neighbors house, unless, of course, you don't get along
well with your neighbor anyway.

Preparing the Soil:

Go out and stomp on the soil for a while just to get its
attention and to prepare it for kudzu.

Deciding When to Plant:

Kudzu should always be planted at night. If kudzu is
planted during daylight hours, angry neighbors might see you and
begin throwing rocks at you.

Selecting the Proper Fertilizer:

The best fertilizer I have discovered for kudzu is 40
weight non-detergent motor oil. Kudzu actually doesn't need
anything to help it grow, but the motor oil helps to prevent
scraping the underside of the tender leaves when the kudzu starts
its rapid growth. It also cuts down on the friction and lessens
the danger of fire when the kudzu really starts to move. Change
oil once every thousand feet or every two weeks which ever comes
first.

Mulching the Plants:

Contrary to what may be told by the Extension Service,
kudzu can profit from a good mulch. I have found that a heavy
mulch for the young plants produces a hardier crop. For best
results, as soon as the young shoots begin to appear, cover kudzu
with concrete blocks. Although this causes a temporary setback,
your kudzu will accept this mulch as a challenge and will reward
you with redoubled determination in the long run.

Organic or Chemical Gardenning:

Kudzu is ideal for either the organic gardener or for
those who prefer to use chemicals to ward off garden pests.
Kudzu is oblivious to both chemicals and pests. Therefore, you
can grow organically and let the pests get out of the way of the
kudzu as best they can, or you can spray any commercial poison
directly on your crop. Your decision depends on how much you
enjoy killing bugs. The kudzu will not mind either way.

Crop Rotation:

Many gardeners are understandably concerned that growing
the same crop year after year will deplete the soil. If you
desire to change from kudzu to some other plant next year, now is
the time to begin preparations. Right now, before the growing
season has reached its peak, you should list your house and lot
with a reputable real estate agent and begin making plans to move
elsewhere. Your chances of selling will be better now than they
will be later in the year, when it may be difficult for a
prospective buyer to realize that underneath those lush green
vines stands an adorable three-bedroom house.


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Response to DDKick (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:05 PM

4. I'm pretty sure

 

It could be planted on Mars and do quite well, but then the planer would become uninhabitable.
There's a spot up the road from me where it has taken over the fields on either side of the road.
It will cross the road overnight.

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:09 PM

5. It was the bane

of my existence in my landscaping career. We poisoned, we burned, we cut - it always came back.

A woman in north GA started a kudzu business, but I don't know if she succeeded. I stopped in when she first opened and saw some beautiful baskets she'd made. She claimed to use it like kale in soups and stews.

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Response to HerasHeaddress (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:20 PM

6. Have to take out the root

 

A pick axe is the only way I've found to take it out and then only when the ground is damp.
Otherwise you'll be swinging until you fall over from exhaustion.
I dug one root up with my Massey Ferguson, was bigger than the bucket, now I have a giant hole and....it somehow grew back stronger than before.
It even grows out of my burn pile after it's been burned and doused with diesel fuel.

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Response to HerasHeaddress (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:23 PM

7. We have a fair

 

A couple times a year where the rich folks from Atlanta come down and pay stupid money for stupid things.
If I had more free time I could make a killing.

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Response to Tolk (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:31 PM

8. I imagine those same

people bought some of her stuff on their way to Harrah's and the mountains.

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Response to HerasHeaddress (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:40 PM

9. Probably so

 

I've seen those folks dish out $20 for a cheap wicker basket filled with spray painted pinecones.
As annoying as they are they are a great boost to the local economy haha

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:03 PM

10. There have been people grow it, and bale it into hay for livestock. It is very nutritious.

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Response to 8541ted (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:13 PM

11. The Government was actually paying

 

Farmers to plant it back in the dustbowl era.
It didn't really work out as planned.
When used as forage it actually doesn't grow back as quick.

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Tue Aug 6, 2019, 09:09 AM

12. There was a former employer I was having a legal dispute with 11 years ago

In my more surly and evil moments I seriously debated driving down at night and planting kudzu next to their building.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 6, 2019, 04:40 PM

13. That's just pure evil!

 

You don't even need to plant it.
Just throw a sprout on the ground and it will do the rest.

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