Anyone got any success stories from the war? We purchased 10 acres of land in La Center, WA. Of the 4 acres of forest, about half is overrun with Himalayan blackberry up to 8 feet tall. Now that the original owner's cattle are out of the 3 acre pasture, they are creeping in there as well, about half the area has blackberry tendrils, and a few small bushes are popping up. We have a pretty good plan in place for the forested area. But the pasture is harder. We know that repeated tilling will kill them, but we're worried about erosion and topsoil loss. We also know that one tilling will just make root fragments that will grow even more berries. I'd rather not use broadcast herbicides; they are an option of last resort. In addition, the best time to spray blackberries has just passed, and if we wait a year to spray them they will take over! We need to renovate the pasture; there' s not much desirable out there after 3 years of cattle. Anyone got an idea for what might be the best crop to plant, if we till once, to smother the berries, prevent erosion, and increase soil fertility? In 3 years, we'll have goats in there, but right now we're 1200 miles away. Also, are we best off tilling this fall or next spring? Any help/ideas will be much appreciated!