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Ragwort Time Again [Jun. 28th, 2019|10:29 am]
Tony Grist
The ragwort is about to come into flower. There's not as much as there was last year so we must have deterred it. I reckon if I start pulling it up now we can avoid the all-dayers we had to pay for at the back end of last summer. I still don't know whether pulling it up is the right thing to do. It has it's place in the eco system. There's a species of moth that feeds on it and won't eat anything else, but on the other hand it's supposed to poison horses. Ach, who knew that managing a few acres would throw up so many ethical questions?

I used to turn to Matthew for guidance but he was advocating the use of Round-up the other day so I no longer wholly trust him.

It's been windy. Kristina says there were trees blown down in the Penshurst area, but I toured the fields and there's no damage here. Our weather is coming from the Sahara this weekend and today will be hot and tomorrow even hotter. France and Spain are suffering the kind of temperatures that kill people.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-28 02:06 pm (UTC)
Ragwort really is dangerous for horses.

And yes, our daily news includes the list of people who have died due to the heat. A 17-year-old lad died yesterday. He was helping his dad in the fields and his heart faltered and finally gave out. It may be that he had a heart condition that was unknown but the heat was the determining factor. And we have the usual list of elderly who die of dehydration and heat stroke.
It's been vicious.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-28 02:37 pm (UTC)
I once worked a morning in a Kentucky hayfield in full-on summer heat and then gave up because I knew that if I carried on it would kill me.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-06-28 04:52 pm (UTC)
Round-up is so old testament.

Never thought of UK getting Sahara weather, but now it seems likely.

I might have read about Lincoln being daunted by ragwort in Kentucky, but I will need to do some re-research on that.

Controlling nature is full of consternations.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-28 06:38 pm (UTC)
Ragwort is one of those plants it's really hard to get rid of. If Lincoln's fields filled up with it he'd have had a hell of a job on his hands.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-06-29 04:52 pm (UTC)
I may have mentioned this last year when you were pulling ragwort, but persistence will win out. When we lived down in South Wales, a women who had a hotel and had quite a bit of land where she kept her horses gave permission for the local Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Cubs to walk across her land in return for pulling up and safely disposing of any ragwort they saw. It really worked to keep it under control.
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