Pre-season readiness: picked up another hand scythe last week. While I'm a huge fan of good equipment maintenance, I like to have two of everything with my most vital tools. Check that tool handles are solid and tight, and make sure all your meds are up to date - this means the tick repellant and poison ivy soap and such are not past expiration dates. Stay on top of the little things.
I spoke in Michigan about the 5 known economic uses for Japanese knotweed. There are additional uses of this species that are still experimental in nature. I'll update if I get confirmed to present on this topic in August at the NOFA Mass Summer Conference... hope so!
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 thrive on our land. So in transitioning the land away from non-native species and toward a diversity of natives, why would our first step be to add toxin? I've never understood that. Let's recognize the importance of healthy soil communities.
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