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  1. #1
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    Default propane torch for wild onions

    ok. We are gradually overseeding/feeding/liming and improving the pastures, vs. total kill.....however, the wild onions are abundant, and trying to feed the good stuff isn't helping. Because the farmette is small, I could repeatedly walk these areas and zap them, IF this is something that might work. Hand and knee grubbing out the bulbs probably would not.....as well as any poison that would stick, because of the grazing. Thoughts?
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    25 minutes for roasting and 45 minutes if you want the onions carmelized.
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    MB ...what would I do without you?
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    I dunno...probably get actual answers to your questions.


    I have no idea how one torches weeds, but I figure even my non-answers are at least bumping the question for you.
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    Torches work really well, and if you have a man around, it will make him soooooooooooooooooooooo uber-delighted to play GI Joe flamethrower. It is one task I'm always guaranteed to have completed in a timely fashion.
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    I doubt it will kill the bulb in the ground by burning the shoots.



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    I did Round-Up on mine, will tell you in the spring if it worked. They all wilted away, have to see if the bulbs survived for resprouting.

    I WISH you could eat them! I would absolutely be harvesting. Mine are so STRONG in both smell and flavor, that even my husband won't eat them. He can usually tolerate any kind of onion, strong flavored food. So they moved from the "food" catagory into "weeds" that need removing.

    Mine are just in one area, so not a real issue in the grazing. They are spreading, so they need to go.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom King View Post
    I doubt it will kill the bulb in the ground by burning the shoots.
    Depends on your timing. If you're quick and they're young, they die.
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    get a digging fork, loosen the soil and pull up what you can.

    and get the pro model, all the other stuff is crap and won't last!
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    Thanks guys! Yeah, I'm not sure if the torch approach will work, but I have decided if I can find one cheap enough its worth a try. Too many to hand dig/round up/as well as its sandy soil and I don't want that many gopher holes out there. I figure the torch is nothing that will harm the 'fed' good stuff while we're trying to get take hold, nor anything that will harm the horses grazing, so, I guess it will be an experiment over a few seasons.
    ayrabz
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    Try it with a propane torch first. You will probably be surprised how long it takes on each plant to get all the moisture out before it burns.

    I bought one of these probably 30 years ago. http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/h...-r/item/gt200/

    It burns like a little rocket engine, but I was dissapointed how long it took to kill weeds with it.



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    If you burn the tops off eventually the bulb will die. I don't know how many times a bulb can put up a new top. It might take more than one application.

    Check with your County Agent. They may have some ideas.

    G.



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