Here’s a late-summer picture demonstrating the use of weed drying stations in management of wild parsnip. See all the Christmas trees? If you scroll down a few posts, you’ll see the same tree farm as a field of gorgeous yellow. Lovely, unless you need to work in and among the lower-growing young trees. So while I think of weed drying stations as a spot for piling plant material for sun-baking, a hotspot is simply a weed drying station that MAY contain some plants with viable seed. It needs monitoring, absolutely, but I’ve achieved the goal of pulling them all into one specific place. No seeds dropping all over the 9-acre property. So we add onto weed drying stations all summer long, but at some point, viable seed becomes an issue. That’s when we exercise real caution not to spread seed, but we still pull the plants and consolidate the risk in one station: a hotspot.
I’m thrilled to present for The Stewardship Network in their monthly webcast on 8 February! Beginning at noon, we’ll look at methods I’ve used over the past 20 years and I’ll detail some good ways to track progress. Please join us: www.stewardshipnetwork.org
One helpful tip I suggest is to have wash water available at all times on project sites. Wash water, mild soap, and a few paper or plastic bags are good for cleaning up after unplanned encounters with poison ivy. I essentially operate out of five gallon buckets, so a little spray bottle and the buckets are all I need to clean or even quarantine items if necessary, boots included.
Let’s continue building strong connections as we develop our skills in the world of resource stewardship. To that end, I’m currently reading Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer and To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger. I have so much to learn…
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