12 Sep '11, 7pm

War on weeds is over. Stop fighting (so unintelligently).

War on weeds is over. Stop fighting (so unintelligently).

When I posted an awesome tour of my old permaculture teacher's urban allotment , I was reminded of his seemingly chaotic yet decidedly sensible approach to weeding. Rather than seeking to eradicate weeds from his site—an objective that was at best incredibly labor or chemical intensive, if not downright impossible—he instead chose to encourage weeds that had some beneficial properties. Those might be wild edibles, or they may be nitrogen fixers, or plants with particular benefits in terms of biodiversity. The idea, then, was to edit rather than control—and to encourage a community of plants that was both productive and more-or-less self sustaining. This video is a classic example of that approach. By observing her fields and the life-cycles of both the main farm crops, and the weeds that inevitably accompany them, Helen Atthowe of Veganic Permaculture is able to identify p...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/unnatural-selecti...

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