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  • Gardening | Writing, life and other animals
    re everywhere and the very mention of them can make a gardener cringe Keeping them in check is a never ending battle and all too often it s one that the weeds seem to be winning The things that make most of us hate weeds are the very factors that make them so successful in nature They disperse effectively grow quickly propagate at an alarming rate and seem to thrive anywhere and everywhere People go to extraordinary lengths to eradicate weeds Fire noxious chemicals organic poisons all of these are utilised by gardeners in their repeated attempt at botanical genocide But the weeds return they always return Surely there has to be a better way Weeds are really just plants in the wrong place at the wrong time And if you look more closely our common garden weeds are actually pretty amazing plants Most are colonisers front line troops in nature s constant battle to reclaim waste ground and bare earth In nature they play a vital role preparing soil for more long term species that will eventually take over laying the groundwork for a healthy sustainable ecosystem So why don t we make use of these traits in the garden The problem is that most of us are pre programmed to see weeds as a bad thing and the quest to eradicate them becomes all consuming If we could just look beyond our initial preconceptions and think about working with nature we could perhaps harness some of the weeds successful traits and use them to benefit our gardens We regularly remove nutrients from the garden by weeding and harvesting Obviously we can t keep taking things out of the soil without putting something back in if we want our gardens to stay healthy This is where weeds can come into their own Many weeds make excellent green manure For example the stinging nettle Urtica dioica the dandelion Taraxacum officinale and coltsfoot Tussilago farfara are deep rooted species which are extremely effective at drawing nutrients from deep in the soil where they are unavailable to other plants By allowing these weeds to grow in certain areas of your garden cutting them back regularly and using their nutrient rich leaves as compost material organic mulch or to make liquid plant feed you can return these valuable nutrients to the topsoil enriching it and helping your garden plants to thrive Comfrey Symphytum sp is sometimes grown specifically for this purpose Other common weeds have properties that make them excellent companion plants Weeds are usually native plants and are particularly attractive to native pollinating insects which benefit our garden as a whole Some of these insects like hoverflies have larvae that feed voraciously on garden pests helping to keep our garden plants pest free too Some weeds like clovers Trifolium sp make superb close growing cover crops a sort of living mulch that doesn t leave any room for other weeds to grow and clovers have the added benefit of fixing nitrogen from

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  • In Defence of Weeds | Writing, life and other animals
    of us are pre programmed to see weeds as a bad thing and the quest to eradicate them becomes all consuming If we could just look beyond our initial preconceptions and think about working with nature we could perhaps harness some of the weeds successful traits and use them to benefit our gardens We regularly remove nutrients from the garden by weeding and harvesting Obviously we can t keep taking things out of the soil without putting something back in if we want our gardens to stay healthy This is where weeds can come into their own Many weeds make excellent green manure For example the stinging nettle Urtica dioica the dandelion Taraxacum officinale and coltsfoot Tussilago farfara are deep rooted species which are extremely effective at drawing nutrients from deep in the soil where they are unavailable to other plants By allowing these weeds to grow in certain areas of your garden cutting them back regularly and using their nutrient rich leaves as compost material organic mulch or to make liquid plant feed you can return these valuable nutrients to the topsoil enriching it and helping your garden plants to thrive Comfrey Symphytum sp is sometimes grown specifically for this purpose Other common weeds have properties that make them excellent companion plants Weeds are usually native plants and are particularly attractive to native pollinating insects which benefit our garden as a whole Some of these insects like hoverflies have larvae that feed voraciously on garden pests helping to keep our garden plants pest free too Some weeds like clovers Trifolium sp make superb close growing cover crops a sort of living mulch that doesn t leave any room for other weeds to grow and clovers have the added benefit of fixing nitrogen from the air and making it available to neighbouring plants Others like Yarrow Achillea millefolium actually repel common garden insect pests helping to keep them away from other plants in the vicinity And let s not forget that a number of our weeds constitute valuable food crops in their own right if we could only see them as such Take the humble dandelion for example Every part of the plant is edible Young leaves make an excellent salad green or they can be boiled and eaten like spinach flowers can be battered and fried made into jam or used in wine and the roots when roasted dried and ground make a great coffee flavoured healthy coffee substitute According to the U S Department of Agriculture dandelions are more nutritious than broccoli or spinach contain more cancer fighting beta carotene than carrots and provide a rich source of calcium iron magnesium potassium thiamine riboflavin lecithin and dietary fibre Not then a plant that should be dismissed as a useless pest Finally let s not forget the importance of weeds as a refuge for wildlife Weeds play host to myriad insects which in turn provide food for other invertebrates birds and mammals Some are essential food plants for many

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  • Weeds | Writing, life and other animals
    constant battle to reclaim waste ground and bare earth In nature they play a vital role preparing soil for more long term species that will eventually take over laying the groundwork for a healthy sustainable ecosystem So why don t we make use of these traits in the garden The problem is that most of us are pre programmed to see weeds as a bad thing and the quest to eradicate them becomes all consuming If we could just look beyond our initial preconceptions and think about working with nature we could perhaps harness some of the weeds successful traits and use them to benefit our gardens We regularly remove nutrients from the garden by weeding and harvesting Obviously we can t keep taking things out of the soil without putting something back in if we want our gardens to stay healthy This is where weeds can come into their own Many weeds make excellent green manure For example the stinging nettle Urtica dioica the dandelion Taraxacum officinale and coltsfoot Tussilago farfara are deep rooted species which are extremely effective at drawing nutrients from deep in the soil where they are unavailable to other plants By allowing these weeds to grow in certain areas of your garden cutting them back regularly and using their nutrient rich leaves as compost material organic mulch or to make liquid plant feed you can return these valuable nutrients to the topsoil enriching it and helping your garden plants to thrive Comfrey Symphytum sp is sometimes grown specifically for this purpose Other common weeds have properties that make them excellent companion plants Weeds are usually native plants and are particularly attractive to native pollinating insects which benefit our garden as a whole Some of these insects like hoverflies have larvae that feed voraciously on garden pests helping to keep our garden plants pest free too Some weeds like clovers Trifolium sp make superb close growing cover crops a sort of living mulch that doesn t leave any room for other weeds to grow and clovers have the added benefit of fixing nitrogen from the air and making it available to neighbouring plants Others like Yarrow Achillea millefolium actually repel common garden insect pests helping to keep them away from other plants in the vicinity And let s not forget that a number of our weeds constitute valuable food crops in their own right if we could only see them as such Take the humble dandelion for example Every part of the plant is edible Young leaves make an excellent salad green or they can be boiled and eaten like spinach flowers can be battered and fried made into jam or used in wine and the roots when roasted dried and ground make a great coffee flavoured healthy coffee substitute According to the U S Department of Agriculture dandelions are more nutritious than broccoli or spinach contain more cancer fighting beta carotene than carrots and provide a rich source of calcium iron magnesium potassium thiamine riboflavin

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  • Giant’s Causeway… a different view | Writing, life and other animals
    couple of shots of the Giant s Causeway one conventional one a bit different These are straight off the iPhone with no post processing or any other digital jiggery pokery applied I ll post some shots from Northern Ireland and Scotland taken with a real camera once I get home Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 19 04 Tagged with antrim holiday Photos Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Alfredo Caliz photograph of Long Strand West Cork Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2010/06/30/giants-causeway-a-different-view/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Antrim | Writing, life and other animals
    off the iPhone with no post processing or any other digital jiggery pokery applied I ll post some shots from Northern Ireland and Scotland taken with a real camera once I get home Posted by Calvin at 19 04 Tagged with antrim holiday Photos Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading

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  • Holiday | Writing, life and other animals
    in books or seeing them on the telly is all well and good but there s nothing quite like visiting somewhere for yourself to highlight that despite the steadfast march of globalisation the world isn t the homogenised melting pot of western values we all too often assume That diversity is a good thing but when you re travelling with children notice we re travelling now our holiday ended when we left Spain it can be a challenge to say the least Our first taste of Morocco wasn t a pleasant one After taking a taxi from the Spanish port of Ceuta to the Moroccan border we crossed on foot Walking through a long desolate no man s land of concrete and razor wire I started to wonder what on earth we were doing Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 14 14 Tagged with border crossing Ceuta holiday Morocco Spain The holiday s over Children Education Evening Echo Column Parenting Travel Writing 2 Responses Jul 23 2008 Published in the WOW supplement of the Evening Echo For the umpteenth time this trip I found myself wishing I d bought a GPS navigation system before leaving Cork No more wrong turns no more uncertainty no more doubt no more trying to decipher ineligible foreign road signs through rainy windscreens As it was we d taken the wrong turn onto the motorway from Tours and were heading for Paris instead of Le Mans This wouldn t have been quite so bad if we d realised our mistake straight away But Murphy s Law works just as well in France so we naturally realised our error just after passing the last convenient exit to reach the right road Forty minutes later another exit hove into view We were miles out but loath to

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  • Photos | Writing, life and other animals
    other digital jiggery pokery applied I ll post some shots from Northern Ireland and Scotland taken with a real camera once I get home Posted by Calvin at 19 04 Tagged with antrim holiday Photos Hebridean Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii hebridensis Photo Blog Photography Wildlife No Responses Jun 28 2009 Spotted groan pardon the pun these beautiful flowers growing on the cliff above Silver Strand on Sherkin Island in West Cork last week Really gorgeous but what really amazed me was how many of them there were growing in one spot Posted by Calvin at 14 43 Tagged with orchids photoblog Photos Sherkin Island West Cork Wildlife Toilet humour Photo Blog Photography Whimsy No Responses May 18 2009 I was at the Cheshire Oaks outlet centre the other day and walked into the gents to find this on the wall above the urinals Urinals Cheshire Oaks Outlet Centre Priceless Posted by Calvin at 9 52 Tagged with Cheshire Oaks Photos shopping Urinals A little piece of Kryptonite Photo Blog Photography 2 Responses Oct 15 2008 On a West Cork beach this Summer during a brief respite in the soggy summer weather I spotted this tiny piece of lustrous green glass worn perfectly smooth by the sea I couldn t resist getting down on hands and knees and taking this snap I love the juxtaposition of the manmade glass and the natural gravel To give you a sense of scale the piece of glass is only about four or five millimetres across If you click to enlarge the image you ll see what I think are salt crystals on the surface of the glass Posted by Calvin at 22 43 Tagged with photoblog Photos Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and

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  • Loch Rannoch, Scotland in January | Writing, life and other animals
    real winter wonderland stuff and this is a shot of Schiehallion taken from the banks of Loch Rannoch early one morning It was the only day we saw the mountain for the rest of our trip it was shrouded with low cloud Technorati Tags Nikon D90 blog Loch Rannoch Scotland Schiehallion Kinloch Rannoch Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 12 56 Tagged with Blog Kinloch Rannoch Loch Rannoch Nikon D90 Schiehallion Scotland One Response to Loch Rannoch Scotland in January Savanna hnt says 1 November 2010 at 20 58 Hi SO SO SOS SOSOSOSOSO PRETTY Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Brand new year same old humdrum Castlefreke Horses Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader

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