Weeds are specialists. Having learned something in the battle for survival, they will survive under circumstances where our cultivated plants, softened through centuries of protection and breeding, cannot stand up against Nature’s caprices. Weeds, therefore, may be grouped according to their peculiarities. There are three major and several minor groups. The major groups are our main teachers, indicating through their mere presence and multiplication what is wrong.
The first major group comprises of weeds living on acid soil and indicating increasing acidity. To this group belong the Sorrels, Docks, Fingerleaf Weeds, Lady’s Thumb, and Horsetail on slightly acid soil.
The second major group indicates a crust formation and/or hard pan in the soil. Here belong the Field Mustard, the Horse Nettle, Penny Cress, Morning Glory, Quack Grass, the Camomiles, and Pineapple Weed.
The third major group consists of those weeds which follow human steps and cultivation, frequently spreading out with compost, manure, and wherever man “walks”. Here belong Lamb’s Quarters, Plantain, Chickweed, Buttercup, Dandelion, Nettle, Prostrate Knotweed, Prickly Lettuce, Field Speedwell, Rough Pigweed, Common Horehound, Celandine, Mallow, Carpetweed, and other similar plants, all too frequent companions of our gardens and yards.
Minor groups consist of those which show up here and there - they are not necessarily WEEDS - unless encouraged by man. They are, more-or-less, an extension of nature into the realm of man.” —Weeds And What They Tell, by E. Pfeiffer.
It seems Geoff Lawton is currently in the middle of releasing a series of free Permaculture videos covering practical application and some things like considerations to make before purchasing a property, which haven’t been widely covered in a video like this before. So far there are 4 videos total (though he says in the 4th that it is the 3rd) and they range from 22min-38min in length and have good recording quality and clear explanation by Geoff himself.
Current video list is as follows:
- Surviving the Coming Crises
- Property Purchase Check List
- 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget
- Urban Permaclture: The Micro Space
You’ll have to give up your email address to sign in and get access, but it is free and it does not seem likely that your email address will be misused or sold. In fact it looks like Geoff might be putting together an online PDC so if anything they may use your email to let you know about that, besides simply letting you know when each new video in the series is released.
Anyone interested in checking these videos out, just go to www.geofflawton.com.
The site does come across as if it were selling something but rest assured it is free.