- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
I hate green briars. The fence line was thick with green briars. So I conceived the brilliant idea of digging up and pulling up as many as I can. That way maybe I won’t have so many of them to come back. I got 7 bucket loads, I’m almost halfway done. I’ve worked all day on this. I pulled, I dug, I machete chopped and I pulled some more. I pulled lots of long roots, they are jointed and every joint can send up a new vine. I got lots of the bulbs they make underground. Tomorrow I’m gonna die. But for every one I pulled up, that’s one that won’t come back.
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The new shoots of green briar are edible. They have to be the green briar with tendrils. No curly tendrils, don’t eat them. I’ve gathered the new tips and sautéed in butter and garlic, tastes like asparagus. BUT I want these GONE!
When they come back up, the sheep will eat them. They love green briars, but not the thick hard thorny vines.
It sound like your sheep will keep your green briar shoots from repopulating.
Your adventure reminds me of my battle with the blackberry brambles with two differences: I was working alone with only hand tools, and my only goal was to forge a new walking trail through this area on the edge of our forest, rather than annihilating all blackberries on the property. I probably still bear the scars. A relative gave me a "Rosie the Riveter" work suit that protected me from getting worse injuries.
For some reason all my blackberries stopped bearing fruit after a few good years long ago when these wild berries were prolific and lent themselves to jam and pies and eating off the bushes. They've never done anything useful since. There used to be trampled paths and bear sign in the thickets, but now these don't seem to attract any wildlife. They bloom each year but only produce a few dried out shriveled berries. I doubt your sheep would eat these.
Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.established stands will choke each other out. often you will get a really good crop the first several years and then they taper off (similar to how strawberry patches also have to be renewed after a few years to get production back up).