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Another week.

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Oskar……coming up to his 4th birthday.

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Peter Andrews, who Don Watson writes about in THE BUSH, believes weeds are in the eye of the beholder and in general, he shares the view articulated by the environmental scientist and writer, George Seddon, that weeds are stateless persons with no civil rights ‘, dissidents, plants that don’t properly belong. Essentially, as Seddon says, plants are ranked as weeds if they are contrary to human intentions. But what if the intentions are contrary to common sense?  For Peter Andrews, so called weeds are an essential aid to the lands regeneration. If blackberries and willows are holding the banks of a stream together, leave them there. ( Poisoned coral tree roots pulling the banks of Wilson’s Creek into the water as viewed last Friday ). Control them by slashing, planting natives shade trees etc. but don’t poison them. For Andrews, the residual effects on the food we eat, the water life and the people who work and grow the food constitute one of the major arguments against herbicides and chemical farming in general. Weeds deep fibrous roots draw up moisture and minerals and not only hold the the soil together, but make it porous, fertile and ready for the emergence of native grasses and other plants. The weed, to quote an earlier admirer, is the “”’pioneering agent of Nature’.

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October 26, 2015 · 12:15 am

More on weeds. Peter Andrews in ‘THE BUSH’.

In Don Watson’s THE BUSH he tells of Peter Andrew’s belief that weeds are in the eye of the beholder. In general he shares the view of the legendary environmentalist and scientist and writer, George Seddon, that weeds are ‘stateless persons with no civil rights’, ‘dissidents’, plants that don’t properly belong. Essentially, as Seddon says, plants are ranked as weeds if they are contrary to human intention. But what if the intentions are contrary to common sense? For Peter Andrews, so-called weeds are an essential aid to the lands regeneration. If blackberries and willows are holding the banks of the stream together, leave them there. Control them ( as I have done here ) by slashing, planting indigenous trees and DO NOT poison them. ( in our local valley, Wilson Creeks banks are collapsing after recent Coral tree poisonings) For Peter Andrews and a growing body of evidence, the residual effects of the poisons touch the workers who distribute them, the water, the food and the myriad of micro life our eyes can not see. These fact constitute one of the main arguments against herbicides and chemical farming in general. Another argument, now proven, that weeds look after the soil in hard times and restore it for our benefit. The weed, to quote an earlier admirer, is the ‘PIONEERING AGENT OF NATURE’.
From Page 261. The Bush by Don Watson.

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The photo above is of a slashed and layered lantana gully in 1996 to today, where 20 different rain forest trees have germinated.

Next blog more from Don Watson on Round-up and Monsanto.

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Peter Andrews

BC loaned me 2 of Peter Andrew’s books . Both make a lot of sense, from the fertility we waste in our modern sewerage systems to the irresponsibility of poisoning so-called weeds. This is a writer, thinker and doer that most of us should have read years ago. Makes a mockery of a lot of our so-called learned ecologists and  people who probably only go into the Australian out-back on an excursion.

After a windy yet sunny morning I was surprised to see a rain-bow in the sky at the beginning of winter. Usually rain-bows are daily sight from october on.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/reconsider-the-weed/4044118   Time for us to reconsider exactly what is a weed. Worth a listen.

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