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Thanks for the Good Work!

I just want to give a big shout out to all the folks out there doing valuable work on the ground, particularly in the “danger plant” realm.  I keep hearing about small community groups doing their part to keep wild … Continue reading

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What’s ahead as Summer gives way to Fall

I enjoyed as always the Summer Conference put on by the good folks of NOFA MASS.  That’s the Northeast Organic Farming Association.  A great gathering, well organized. Someday… someday… I’m going to make it up to Maine for Common Ground, … Continue reading

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Some Numbers from the 2018 Growing Season

Every project site is tracked for visit dates, hours of work, re-growth rates on target species, and quantities pulled or stump-cut.  Many years of data helps guide future work in the interest of precision and efficiency.  So in 2018, totaling … Continue reading

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Photo of a Parsnip Hotspot

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.  … Continue reading

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So…. what’s a Hotspot?

Well, here we are in late summer noticing all that we’ve accomplished but lamenting the fact that we simply did not get certain areas completely swept clean.  Do we give up on those places, run away?  No, I say there … Continue reading

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Three Things to Do in Fall

There’still time, yes. And there’s never time in spring, so let’s get this done. Recalling that we DO want things to grow in most places, take some steps now to work for that transition…. moving away from invasive species and … Continue reading

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The Heavy Seeders

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

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Wild Parsnip, help with ID

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

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Don’t Stop Now…

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

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Relentless

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

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