Not only are weeds a problem for farmers, but also gardeners and people using parks etc. As invaders and aliens by definition, what gives these plants that edge? Hwow should we respond to them if we are trying to better live in harmony with Nature?
Sometimes they seem to beat us and grow thickly. Can they be doing any good for biodiversity when this happens? If so, what does it tell us we need to do to provide for the biodiversity we want once we remove the weeds?
Have you looked closely at your weeds to see how they work and what lives among them? In the following example you will see the features of one weed in Victoria that helps give it the edge to survive and thrive and some good things that it does contribute when it is growing- reminding us to not only get rid of it, but to replace it with something better!
So take my photo challenge and see how far you go before you recognise this plant from the photo clues. What Plant is this2
Now what is growing around your place? Can you find something interesting about its features and some local living things that lives in it? Here are some more weeds from our place in the Wimmera:
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