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Old October 28, 2019   #1
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Default Pumpkins vs. Japanese Knotweed

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Interesting! I will plant some pumpkin seeds on the river bank into the knotweed patches and see, hope it is not a fluke. I know the area well as we walk the dogs regularly there. They spray roundup in late September every year but lots of them sprouting up in the spring like nothing happened, some looked stunted.
I give up the idea of growing asparagus at home after discovering harvesting knotweed shoots (away from sprayed patches) are way easier they are better tasting than asparagus, a small positive factor of such an invasive and expensive plant.
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Old October 28, 2019   #3
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...I give up the idea of growing asparagus at home after discovering harvesting knotweed shoots (away from sprayed patches) are way easier they are better tasting than asparagus, a small positive factor of such an invasive and expensive plant.
Wow! I can do that with the stuff in the back corner of my yard! How do you prepare it?
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Just harvest the big fat shoots before the leaves emerge. You can pickle the stalks, very tender and crisp, or stir fry, or make pie as if using them as rhubarb, lots of recipes online. I like them pickled the best. Take a peek on Pinterest for photos.
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Very very cool. I will pick & consume my enemy.
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