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I imagine you've had this question before but here goes. Is it possible to crop organically, commercially when it is predominantly kikuyu? If so (and I'm hoping it is) how? Toni
Toni

Good, organic weed management practices will control Kikuyu (rotations, green manures, cultivation, heat etc). But why not turn the problem into the solution?

Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum)can be used as a pasture grass. It’s a prostrate, summer-growing perennial grass suited to higher rainfall areas (more than 700 mm).

See also Kikuyu #2

and Getting Rid of Kikuyu

Reader's feedback:

Did you know that  kikuyu can upset boron balance in the soil ?   This is the chain of events   [1] very fertile soil; [2]   growing flush; [3] kikuyu absorbs spare boron making it unavailable for other crops, ie, in our case, brassicas - symptoms: hollow stems & rot; [4] when kikuku dies down or is recycled, boron balance is restored and the brassicas are  normal...........   This chain of events has a yoyo effect and could cause a prematurely incorrect application of  boron.  Please note! this   explains what has happend to us but the conclusions need verifying!  PS:  Manuka acts as a kikuyu barrier, it chlorinates the kikuyu, thereby killing it.

regards john hallinan    


Koanga Gardens  has used kune kune pigs and planted the borders with a thick barrier of non seeding comfrey to control kikuyu. Donna.

                                        





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