The Meeting of Weed-Masters Minds: a different world view (Part II)
Weeds:plants of value: we are ignorant of
Weeds have life: to give us life
There are weeds on my farm that have a place to be just weeds. Everything in Nature has purpose. There is nothing that exists, that has no meaning for existence. Weeds are plants that we have not learned how to use yet. My "naturalistic observations" on my farm includes the conscious studies of weeds and how they can be applied or used for the betterment of other species, human, animal or plants.
A primary weed study is our Pokeweed Initiative. The Pokeweed shoots can be eaten after boiling in water according to a ritual elaborated upon in another one of my hubs. The Pokeweed is a toxic plant, so care must be exercised in its use. If one is not interested or knowledgeable in the uses of plants (herbs), and if one does not care to study carefully, and long, over one's complete life-time, then do not partake in adventure of learning to use weeds to enhance one's health.
Weeds are beautiful, some more beautiful than others. Many of the domesticated plants that we call vegetables, or flowers, were once classified as weeds. At one point on the scale of "space and time," we humans were called animals, until we came to point where we progressed into "human-hood." Weeds are on the way to becoming non-weeds and their usefulness is discovered.
As I learn more about weeds, I will write more about weeds. Your questions, about weeds, are welcomed. Questions motivate me to learn more, and faster.
I have a friend named Martha Price, whom I met while living in Japan for four years, who reminded me how necessary it is that I share with all how I manage to live with weeds. There are ecological niches where weeds exist in Nature in harmony, and in Peace, with no "control measures" required of us in our co-existence with them. However, in gardens, yards, on golf courses, around building where they are not wanted, most of the time, powerful chemicals, herbicides, are used to control them.
My approach is more an attempt to co-exist with weeds, to a point. There are three homes on my estate. One of the houses, the one I will call the main house, has a yard that is traditionally cared for. This yard is mowed in such a way that weed control is enhanced. For example, if you mow the yard a certain way, and mow it very low "like the greens on a golf course" you can control the growth of many weeds. Since we do not use herbicides on our estate we tend to do a lot of "weed pulling," that is, pulling the weeds by hand.
It the gardens, also, we tend to hoe around the plants, such as tomatoes, corn, beans, etc., and actually pull weeds by hand. Down between the rows, we tend to use a rotor-tiller to control for weeds and to condition the soil.
It all of our approaches we never use chemicals or herbicides, we us Japanese Nature Farming Methodologies which are strictly organic and spiritual in their approaches. Because of a lack of more time to write on this Hub, I must stop. I would like to go on but I have work on the farm to do. Sorry. "As you go, Peace." Regards, Dr. Haddox