Dandelion Issue

My "resting" garden plot has been invaded by several dozen tree-like dandelions. Inattentive maintainance allowed this. At first I dug the buggers up individually but the roots are 18-20" deep. Worse, those that I have managed to dig out successfully show off-shooters from broken or missed pieces.
I don't want to start throwing down my consumer-grade agent orange but it's now reached epidemic proportions. My plot looks like I'm cultivating the yellow buds for commercial distribution throughout my neighborhood. Is there a way of ridding my garden area of these pests without resorting to chemical purfication?
Many thanks.
The Ranger
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"Tree like"? Are you sure they're not sow thistles?

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they're dandelions. (I have two sow thistles in another portion of the yard.)
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------ If you can pursue your War on Weeds without herbicides, the planet will be a little better off.
I can't wait 'till spring. - Bill
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The Ranger wrote:

would you consider eating them? Young leaves are decent.
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==>Dandelion issue: HELP!<=

cultivated by me, I'll let someone else test 'em for edibilility.
I'd like 'em gone, eradicated permanently, rather than on this monthly sprouting plan currently being pushed upon me.
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The Ranger wrote:

so they are not dandelions.
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them? No thanks. I have similar feelings about wild shrooms. I'll leave it to others, with specialized knowledge usually, to dine au naturale.
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The Ranger wrote:

aw, last post, but: dandelions have been eaten for thousands of years. They have no deadly or unedible cousins (though some are unpalatable). specialized knowledge? you can buy their seeds at a number of seed outlets, for intentional seeding of your garden (truth be told, sometimes the seeds are the similar but separate blue flowered chicorium). You take more chances with your well being when you eat fava beans, asparagus, or parsley.
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You can eat the young leaves of sow thistles also. :)

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On Sun, 7 Jan 2007 06:23:28 -0800, "The Ranger"

How much time do you have before you plant?
Weed what you can. Then do a very deep rototilling, and cover the area with weighted down black plastic sheeting. Wait a week or two, repeat pulling anything there, then rototilling and black plastic.
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[snp]

A whole lot of time; I wasn't going to use this particular plot this spring and summer.

Won't the roots I miss still be there, though, when I take the plastic off?
I once used old pieces of carpet pretty successfully at retarding weed-spread and growth but it was a major hassle when the carpeting started to break down.
The Ranger

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On Sun, 7 Jan 2007 13:17:43 -0800, "The Ranger"

That is why the "lather, rinse repeat." You'll cut the plague considerably. If you have the time, this will work well after awhile. And you need a good size rototiller, too.
Why not seed with something you can till in to enrich the soil next year? It may help to smother out the weeds.

OH, I bet it was. The plastic lasts awhile and is pretty easy to get up in one piece.
I tend not to use chems as a first line, but frankly, if you are not going to use the plot this year and the dandelions are that ferocious, Roundup or similar may be the way to go, but you'll still need to use a cover later. I will use Preen on flower beds once they are tidied, but not the edibles, even though they say it is fine.
I really hate weeding and do a lot of my gardening in large tubs now.
Boron
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On Sun, 7 Jan 2007 06:23:28 -0800, "The Ranger"

If you are not growing strictly organic, try Roundup. According to their information it breaks down as soon as it hits the soil. Anything sprayed on the plant itself kills leaves and roots. I have used it, even in the garden and have not been poisoned.
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Here in SE Virginia and NE North Carolina my wife and I run a landscaping/yard cleanup business. When we run into monster weeds like yours, especially the "pokeweed" we get around here, we have found that Roundup is a pretty good "safe" chemical. We pull as much as we can trying to remove as much root as possible. Anything remaining above ground gets sprayed and if we notice a taproot tip missing a good soaking in the hole usually gets enough on the remainder underground to prevent recurrence. Don't go for the namebrand either, Home Depot and places like John Deere stores sell concentrates as formulated as high as 90% sodium glyphosate and a little underdiluting when mixing doesn't hurt and increases the likelihood of a sure kill. Good luck.
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I believe dandelions reproduce by new seeding. I do a careful job of removing all the yellow flowers before they go to seed. Another choice is the pre-emergence applications you can put down to prevent new seedlings from sprouting up. Do this early enough in Spring to catch them in time. This will also stop your grass from spreading, which also does so by natural re-seeding. That may be a necessary evil, until you get the dandelions under control.
Sherwin D.
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If these really are dandelions run some fence around your garden and turn a goat loose. I keep trying to establish dandelion on my land. The goats and sheep clean them up before they can bloom. I guess they are after the high iron content.

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