It's potato fork season - such a great tool!
Thursday, 27 July: Putting on a workshop at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT. We'll walk the site to study treatment work on glossy buckthorn, wild parsnip, Japanese knotweed, wild chervil, and garlic mustard.
Then we'll pop inside for treats: more info at ecolandscaping.org
Saturday, 12 August: Doing my Japanese knotweed presentation at the NOFA Massachusetts summer conference. That's at Hampshire College in Amherst; it'll be a great weekend with more info at nofamass.org
I always wonder about managing invasive species with chemicals or toxins. We DO want things to grow in the space, no? We just want to have some say in WHICH species are growing. So in transitioning the land away from non-native species and toward a diversity of natives, why would our first step be: Add Toxin? I've never understood that. Let's recognize the importance of healthy soil communities.
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Folks always ask me about wild chervil and garlic mustard, two seed-propagating plant species that tend to colonize woodlines, roadsides, and river corridors. What is the window for control / removal? I say get after wild chervil all the time, … Continue reading
The photo below is a good one for seeing what a large infestation looks like. Lots of yellow, even overwhelming the Christmas trees for the moment. And on both sides of the photo, individual plants stand out, particularly the flower … Continue reading
Most landscapes are impacted by a dozen or so invasive plant species. They all operate on their own calendar, and we scramble to keep up. A clean, complete extraction of the target plant generally eliminates re-sprout, but most important early … Continue reading
The first waves of parsnip are down. More will follow, as shall I. Was curious to know the seed count on one particularly huge wild parsnip. I had ballparked 2500 as a good working average a couple years ago, but … Continue reading
Be smart and be careful as you work with your landscape / farm / garden. Breaking the seed cycle is a powerful tool, and the place to do that is at critical chokepoints or gateways on your land. Keep the … Continue reading
Welcome to GotWeeds? – the non-native invasive weed consultation, training, treatment, and information-exchange site. GotWeeds? is committed to the use of non-synthetic weed control methods, which means that toxins are out but flame treatments and manual control methods are in. … Continue reading