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Q and A: weeds and ramps — 7 Comments

  1. We have a similar issue with about 150 feet of driveway. We have to mow the middle, it’s bad. I am looking into a propane torch flamethrower type thing that burns them off. I figure if done enough it might work. We have animals and a kid so chemicals are pretty much out. Weed Dragon was the name of one. They are pretty spendy, but I think in the long run it might be worth it for us….plus it looks fun to use :)

  2. JC, thanks so much for the link to ARBICO…those folks sell some great stuff! I may have to call on their assassin bugs to check my bagworm population. You rock!

    TXCOMT

  3. Marc,

    Check your local hardware stores for a stronger vinegar. Many companies are now retailing “cleaning” vinegar which is much stronger than culinary vinegar. The ones I have seen in the hardware chains in my area are at 10% concentration or higher.

    There is also a product called Vinegar Plus manufactured by Simply Clean. It is a Canadian company in Guelph, Ontario that makes natural cleaning products that are also sold in the U.S. Vinegar Plus is about 5 times stronger than regular vinegar. It is recommended for descaling mineral buildup but can be used as a “herbicide”. It is a strong acid so caution is needed when using it.

  4. Zelda,

    I never even thought of buying ramp bulbs. Duh!!! We don’t have wild ones here and I know I sure will give it a try. Thanks. I know what you mean about hunting the wild asparagus. In New Mexico and Montana, spring wasn’t spring unless we hunted and harvested lots. Yum.

  5. If you Google where to buy ramp bulbs you’ll get a good number of returns. You can have your own ramp patch and eat as many as you want, but localized ramps of your own may not be as much fun as hunting them in the wild. I have my own asparagus bed and the taste is outstanding cooked or raw, but honestly it isn’t as much fun as the old days and hunting for “wild” asparagus along ditch banks.

  6. I too wish I knew an area where there are enough ramps to actually harvest some. I know one remote area where there are a few small patches of them but it is quite a hike to get there through posted private land. When I go to them I have on occasion taken a few to eat with lunch while I fish a mountain creek…. Love them. Rick

  7. Marc, I live in KS, and our Wal-mart carries 8% household vinegar in the cleaning aisle, I’m not sure if this would be strong enough for killing weeds or not, but if so, it might be a place to check for it. I like using it for household purposes. An added thought if you do, you might want to use a permanent marker on the bottle, and draw a poison symbol or something. There isn’t much difference in the labels of it and reg. white vinegar, if someone wasn’t paying much attention.
    Lynette, I am so envious, I have never been able to find a ramp patch to harvest in my area. I hope you have good luck preserving your bounty.