Lambs Quarters...Weed Project for College

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by ONThorsegirl, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

    Apr 2, 2005
    Eastern Ontario
    Hello Everyone, Again, this is for my second weed that I have to do, You guys were all a great help in the last post of mine regarding Bull Thistles.

    Well here at school, Kemptville College Agriculture College in Ontario Canada. I have to do a project on 2 weeds that are problems on our farm, one of my Weeds of choice is Lambs Quarters.

    I was posting here to see if I could have any knowledge any of you may have as being farmers, specialists, or homesteaders in general who have possibly came into contact with this weed, and if so any advice about it, how you killed it, anything at all, has it effected your livestock or anything really!!!

    Also if I have your permission could I use what you say as a reference for my project. I have to write a pretty lengthy report and any usable information would be great for me to include.

    Thank you, Melissa
  2. MommaSasquatch

    MommaSasquatch Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    Gee I don't know if I have anything helpful to add but we've got lambs quarters everywhere here. It grows like crazy and especially likes to fill in any bare areas like the shady areas alongside buildings and it was the chief offender when my garden got away from me this summer. It doesn't seem to take hold so much in grassy or densely filled-in areas, but give it a patch of bare ground and it goes to town. It doesn't seem to mind the shade at all. Left to grow it easily gets to 3-4 feet high here and sometimes taller. The sheep and goats LOVE the stuff and it was my understanding that under normal circumstances it's perfectly edible by man and beast. We put a few young leaves in salads and boiled greens and fed fistfuls of plants to the critters every day for a treat. I have read that after a prolonged dry spell followed by a fast growth period it can become a nitrogen accumulator so that's something to watch for.

    As for killing it we haven't made a real strong effort other than pulling it by hand where it's especially nuisance-y and pouring boiling water on it in some areas. I'm not interested in totally eradicating it because of it's usefulness and edibility, but I do want to keep it in check somewhat. Of course if you've got it on your place you probably already know all this stuff.

  3. bee

    bee WV , hilltop dweller Supporter

    May 12, 2002
    I like it better than spinach as a cooked green and always leave at least one plant go to seed so I have more next year....all my critters(poultry) will eat it and I understand that the tiny black seed are also edible...I keep my plants in check by pinching new young growth for the greens pot. Heh, it is a wild edible here not considered a weed; grew so much this year gave it away by the 5 gallon bucket and was asked for seed! I am minded of the old adage that "one mans' junk is another mans' treasure".. good luck with your project.
  4. Cat

    Cat Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Nothing informative to add, but what we've called lambs quarter for YEARS turns out not to be lambs quarter but a nameless weed we have actually IS lambs quarter...huh!
  5. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    May 9, 2002
    I've heard of Pigweed being called lambsquarters, but the sheep seem to nibble that down when it's young. I expect what others are eating as salad greens are what I call lambsquarters, it hasn't been a problem for us at all, as the beasts seen to target it first!
  6. ShortSheep

    ShortSheep Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2004
    We also have lots of lambsquarter. We allow it to propagate, although it is a race to see who gets to eat it first, the sheep, the chickens, or us! :p
  7. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 6, 2004
    Michigan's thumb
    Our sheep and donkeys nibble on lambsquarter. I believe it has healing properties. As for the pigweed (amaranth), I wish they'd eat it, it's all over.