No title

There are 13 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Nov 8, 2010, titled No title. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

Bexley resident Barb Neubig, a master gardener who volunteers at the city's community garden, pulls plants as the growing season ends.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at DispatchPolitics.

Bobbie

Willard, OH

#2 Nov 8, 2010
We have two pygmy goats and live in a residential are in northern Ohio. They make great pets and don't bark! Goats don't eat just anything but can be selective when they forage. A goat does not have to be milked until after they have had little ones and then the milk comes in. My goats are halter trained and love to walk in the yard.

Since: Aug 10

Columbus, OH

#7 Nov 8, 2010
I think this is a fantastic idea. Goats clean and fertilize all in one neat, clean package.

A topic worth discussing is using chickens to do similar work. My father-in-law puts his chickens in his fenced in garden in the fall. In less than a week his four chickens pick clean his 1/8 acre plot. Large rooted plants need to be pulled, but everything else (including insects) are quickly consumed, and all the scratching does a fantastic job of aerating and rouging up the surface prior to winter's natural regeneration of the soil.

The public is beginning to revisit the value of animals, other than humans, doing the work of machines and chemicals. I hope this process continues and that local communities, and Columbus as a whole, embrace the concept.
Week end plans

United States

#8 Nov 8, 2010
"Where ya going Jed?"

"I'm going over to Bexley. My joints are-a hurtin' this morning. Gonna get me a couple of chickens & sacrifice them under a full moon at 2am. Then I'm gonna get me a goat & get rid of the wife. Better company...less hassles."

"Sounds like a plan....could you pick me up a goat? My lady has been talking back lately."

"Can-do Bubba."

Since: Aug 10

Columbus, OH

#9 Nov 8, 2010
mmmm goat meat wrote:
Dont let the Somalis know you have goats out there. They will be dinner with the quickness.
The Somali community may be one of the first to accept and encourage goats as an urban resource and commodity for the reasons stated in the article, as well as a source of milk for drinking and cheese making. As for goat thievery; the price for stealing a goat in Muslim Somali culture is amputation of the hand or arm. I would worry less about them and more about local high schoolers and frat houses.
Roddy M

Mason, OH

#10 Nov 8, 2010
Week end plans wrote:
"Where ya going Jed?"
"I'm going over to Bexley. My joints are-a hurtin' this morning. Gonna get me a couple of chickens & sacrifice them under a full moon at 2am. Then I'm gonna get me a goat & get rid of the wife. Better company...less hassles."
"Sounds like a plan....could you pick me up a goat? My lady has been talking back lately."
"Can-do Bubba."
Maybe Cowlumbus really is a goat-town.....
Retired Deputy

Chillicothe, OH

#11 Nov 8, 2010
Baaaaaad Idea. Somali's do roast goats as do other cultures. But they (goats) do a great job clearing weeds etc but they eat everything else in their path too like prize roses and good grass.
They climb on cars and fences do not keep them in.
Qbert

Columbus, OH

#12 Nov 8, 2010
Goats do a very choppy job of weeding. I'd recommend sheep instead, much neater.
Tea Head

Columbus, OH

#13 Nov 8, 2010
Goats are stealing jobs of hardworking people! Deport the goats! Finish the dang fence!
Homer

Columbus, OH

#14 Nov 8, 2010
mmmmmm....Goats.
Nanny State Losers

Columbus, OH

#15 Nov 8, 2010
How much time, effort, and money will have have invested in this enterprise, when she could probably do it by hand in less time?

Why not just hire a local teenager and pay him for a few hours of work to clean out your garden.

I cannot imagine every teenager is lazy, but maybe so.
Sheep Lady

Glasgow, KY

#17 Nov 8, 2010
You should have 2. Goats do not like to be alone. They can be tethered by their collar on a lead about 6-8 feet long and moved as needed. Try to get a bottle goat or a gentle goat that will allow the children to approach, however if you locate a meat producer (boer goats) they will not need to be milked each day. If you watch the weekly forecast, you can plan your visits for a week without rain. Then your goats can stay outside without the need for shelter. As for fencing, as mentioned in some of the comments; portable fencing can be purchased and installed very easily if necessary. It is moved as an area is cleared. Hope this helps. I wish more communities including my own would embrace the greener more natural ways of gardening and feeding our families. It may not work for every situation, however, the fewer chemicals we us the better of we are.
timmy

United States

#18 Nov 9, 2010
We have goats! They are called Public Servants. Tell them to do the work or get replaced by a goat. One thing it would be a helluva lot cheaper then hiring these maggots from afscme.
The Bexley Hillbillies

New York, NY

#19 Nov 9, 2010
"Jethro, I told you to get that critter out of the house."

"Sorry Granny, but he wanders over to Mr. Drysdales yard and eats his flower garden."

"You and Ellie Mae tie him up in the back by the cement pond with a rope. Ya hear".

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Fairfield County Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News In reversal, Fairfield County GOP chief asks in... Jun 24 They cannot kill ... 1
News Complaints of government fraud often kept confi... Jun 1 Linda 2
News Fairfield County GOP endorses both candidates f... Jan '16 They cannot kill ... 1
News Columbus jobless rate increases, no longer lowe... (Dec '15) Dec '15 Zoe Regen 1
News Murder suspect found dead hanging in Fairfield ... (Dec '15) Dec '15 Zoe Regen 3
News Police: Man dies in 3 vehicle accident in Fairf... (Aug '15) Aug '15 Big Johnson 1
News Elizondo gets 21 years in prison (Feb '14) Jun '15 Uncalmchaos 2
More from around the web