That's a good idea msbadger, I will have to look into a weed wacker and spend a day wacking the h--- out of the mustard weed. The less flowers I can cut, the less I will have to deal with next spring. I also have some itch plants in the plot. I am sure that this is not the official name of this weed, but it is a plant that can grow to 6-7' high and the plant has tiny spins on them and produces 1000's of seeds. I get near those babies without long pants and a long sleeve shirt, I start itching like an old hound dog with a bad case of fleas.
As indicated in previous posts, this plot is located in an old pasture in back of the cow barn which has existed since the early 1900's, so the weed problem is not surprising. I am sure the pasture hasn't been disked in 30+ years, before I disked it late this spring. However, the weeds are the bad news, the good news is that cows enriched the soil tremendously during 50+ years. I am not sure what the ph (got to get that checked), but based on the way everything grows there, including brassica and turnips that are almost 3' high in some spots, you know it has to be good. BTW, my brother and I enjoyed a few of the red top turnips last weekend with grilled venision chops from a doe fawn I got late in the season last year. Check out the photos of my brother with turnip and yours truly grilling some chops. Perhaps maybe some don't like the idea of shooting doe faws, but I normally try to get a one late with my muzzle loader just because it is sooo good etten
IMO, since it helps keep the doe population and buck:doe ratio in check, this is a good thing. The danger of doing this is that you may harvest a button horn if you are not careful. Therefore, I normally harvest the fawn when she is romping around with her bigger brother or that she is so close that I can see she does not have any button horns. In addition to the vension, the turnips were GREAT
, but feel a little bit guilty taking them away from the deer. I will keep all updated on my progress and will posts photos of bucks hitting the plot, and hopefully, one laying in the back of my pick up. Thanks guys for all your inputs, this is great, [size="4"]Tom Mac[/size]