Texas Gardening forum: Wanted - East Texas Kudzu

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Name: Dan B
North Texas
Sandusky
Nov 8, 2010 9:14 AM CST
I've read all the warnings and evils about Kudzu. I do NOT want to plant it. I want to harvest some from East Texas.

I've also read that it can be turned into a great compost so I was wondering if there are any land owners along Interstate 20 East of Dallas or Hwy 80 East of Terrell that would simply let me show up with a brush knife and/or machete and cut some to bag up, chop up and compost? Or does anyone know of areas along these highways where it's safe and legal to pull off the highway and harvest some? My last question would be... if I were to prepare this as compost before it ever came close to my garden, is there any danger of it "getting away"? Like I said, I've read the perils of this invasive plant and want to take every precaution possible. Thanks
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Bubbles
Nov 8, 2010 11:45 AM CST

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What a brave person! Risking the wrath of those who are battling the stuff.... Hilarious!

Tweedle_Dee_Lee is probably a good bet for letting you know where to find some for free. If he doesn't get back to you by tomorrow, c-mail him. I think he works nights, so sleeps during the day.

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Name: Dan B
North Texas
Sandusky
Nov 8, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Bubbles said:What a brave person! Risking the wrath of those who are battling the stuff.... Hilarious!

Tweedle_Dee_Lee is probably a good bet for letting you know where to find some for free. If he doesn't get back to you by tomorrow, c-mail him. I think he works nights, so sleeps during the day.

Glad to have you visiting TX Gardening. Let us know what your interests are...plants,etc.


Yeah, I'm starting to think it's not even worth the risk...not to mention I'll spend a bit on gas to get out to East Texas. Pretty sure I'd need the compost to heat up to 160 degrees or more to kill any seed.

I've got acreage up by Lake Texoma and want to try growing some tomatoes next year. Thanks for the welcome.
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
Nov 9, 2010 10:53 AM CST
I've seen it covering huge areas along several areas along hwy90 and other back roads in southeast Texas but am unaware of the whereabouts of any up in your area. I'd be very apprehensive about foolin' with Kudzu.....mainly because it is SO prolific.........a small piece of stem is all that's needed for the start of an infestation.......I wasn't aware of the benefits of Kudzu compost.

Name: Dan B
North Texas
Sandusky
Nov 9, 2010 3:44 PM CST
Tweedle_Lee_Dee said:I've seen it covering huge areas along several areas along hwy90 and other back roads in southeast Texas but am unaware of the whereabouts of any up in your area. I'd be very apprehensive about foolin' with Kudzu.....mainly because it is SO prolific.........a small piece of stem is all that's needed for the start of an infestation.......I wasn't aware of the benefits of Kudzu compost.


Thanks for the reply, yeah, the only reason I was thinking of pursuing this was because it was mentioned in this book http://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-World-Record-Tomatoes/dp/0911...

I've decided to find a substitute, considering all the warnings I see about Kudzu, I just figured I'd help someone get rid of some and make some good compost...but this seems way too risky.

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