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It appears that we are in the peak year for the biennial Queen Anne’s Lace that thrives in our hayfield. Last year had me thinking we had almost eradicated it with frequent mowing. I guess that was just the off-year.

It’s an edible wild food belonging to the carrot family and is second only to beets among root vegetables for sugar content. I think I’ve said this before, that maybe we should be harvesting it as a crop to sell.

The plants are interesting to look at, except when you’ve seen too much of them and would rather not have it growing in your fields.









Messy round bales of old hay can be interesting to look at, too, unless you’d rather they be stored somewhere else to allow the grass underneath to grow for a second cutting this summer. The fields have been rented out, so I guess they can do what they want.

I’ve got a forest of toppling trees to focus on instead this year. The difference is, I don’t drive through the forest every day, so it is a bit more “out of sight, out of mind” than the fields.



Written by johnwhays

August 6, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. Maybe in Antarctica. I would be remiss if didn’t also mention kudzu which I spent considerable time trying to control yesterday. I think I could pretty wipe out the yellow crownbeard but kudzu will be here long after I am gone.

    Jim Parker

    August 7, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    • Antarctica! Hah! Yes.
      I don’t envy you the kudzu control…


      August 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm

  2. Queen Anne’s Lace is one weed that isn’t very common in our fields. Now if you want to talk a nuisance here I vote for yellow crownbeard or stickweed or several other names depending on where you are.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    August 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    • I wonder if there are places where no unwanted growth occurs. 🙂


      August 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

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