[gardeners] milk warning

flylo@txcyber.com (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 3 Jul 2001 08:41:55 -0500

I raise dairy goats and therefore usually toss out more milk than we 
could ever use in cheese and soapmaking projects. (And we do 
drink a lot of it too.) HOWEVER, beware using too much milk. I 
use it as a weed killer along fencerows! 
In small amounts it's probably great, (or your roses would have told 
you by now). But the fats in it must be what break down and kill 
plant roots. Also, (voice of experience here), I'd occasionally give 
my peach trees and other yard plants a 'glug' of milk along the root 
zone. Fine on occasion, but the one time I (wasn't thinking), had 
made a quick set cheese (vinegar curd), and dumped the whey 
around a group of antique Sweet Olive bushes, within 3 days they 
all died. 
Apparently a 1/4 cup of vinegar goes a long way when it's put in 

And George, thanks for the Ponderosa hints. Don't know why mine 
are dry, maybe I'm too stingy with the waterhose. Will see if more 
deep soakings result in better (juicier) fruit. How tall will these guys 
get? I have to whack the top out of mine because it's direct planted 
in a covered grow area (uncovered all spring/summer, greenhouse 
in winter) and it will get 15' overnight it seems. Oh, and it never 
quits fruiting! Not seasonal at all, it might have clusters of flowers 
all over it and the limbs bent double with big lemons at the same 
time. Do I need to pluck the small ones to give it an occasional 
And 'football sized' was the Florida nursery boast I got it from. This 
one usually produces fruit about the size of acorn squash. We also 
bought a kumquat that probably hasn't grown 1/2 inch in 6 years! It 
bears fruit so I haven't had the courage to move it. What growing 
conditions do kumquats like? 
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