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  •  Barath, you'll love Green Gold by John D Liu. (1+ / 0-)
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    It is a documentary about large scale damaged ecosystems and the work being done to restore some of them. Here is the link on YouTube.

    The first diary in my pelagic series on Ecological Gardening(agroecology and permaculture) has links to three other documentaries, one of the projects (the one in Jordan) is featured in Green Gold. I have some more links under Additional Resources at the end of my last diary in the series, link here.

    I don't mean to high jack, just wanted to share some links. Glad to see this diary and I nodded all the way through. Tipped and Recc'd.

    •  In response to some of your questions at the end.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Basically, we have to be careful with what we choose to plant. You mentioned you planted comfrey- we did too, but we chose to plant a sterile cultivar. Comfrey is notoriously hard to eradicate once established and would spread like wildfire with viable seeds. Therefore we selected Bocking 14 (Symphytum uplandicum).

      We also have water hyacinth growing in our small ponds (really pools in terms of size). This is a highly invasive species, but our ponds are not connected to any water way so there is no chance of vegetative spread (unless a tornado picks them up!). We also have a strict rule to cut any flower head that begins to develop. If birds get a hold of the seed it will spread. We have planted water hyacinth to help clean the turbid water of our new ponds (they are unlined dug from NC clay), provide habitat for insects as well as food for our gold fish (to eat mosquito offspring), and for their fast reproduction. We can harvest quite a lot of biomass for use as mulch from this plant. In a few years as the water clears we will completely replace this plant with other species that are less aggressive.

      I take the stance of Dave Jacke in Edible Forest Gardens vol 1 in regards to natives vs non natives. If I can choose a native species that will fill a required function or niche in our design, I will. But if a native will not meet our needs, we explore other options with full knowledge that every plant needs to be treated with respect in regards to its ability to spread. That said, we will not delude ourselves into attempting to eradicate every species that is not "native."

      Dandelions, clover, chickweed... these are all here to stay. We cannot eradicate them. What we can do is attempt to discover what niche each species is occupying and make a decision on whether or not to try to replace it with a native. In our garden, we work with all of those "weeds" because they are dynamic accumulators, clover fixes nitrogen, and they are all edible to some extent. While much maligned, we would do better to contemplate these issues and do our best to restore fertility to the landscapes we have power over.

    •  Looks great - looking forward to checking it out. (0+ / 0-)

      contraposition.org - thoughts on energy, the environment, and society.

      by barath on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 07:27:44 PM PDT

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