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Let's talk Compaction and weeds, make sure to scroll right to see the other pics, A weed is just a plant where "we" don't want it to be, in nature there is no dice thing as a weed, every plant has a job to do. Learning to read your weeds is a great way to learning what the land needs, and what is wrong. This guy has a crazy long tap root to dig deep into the ground breaking up the compaction and bringing nutrients to the surface and providing water where there is little at the surface.
So where was this guy and why did I remove it, well it was in the middle of one of my paths in heavy clay soil, I had cut and dropped this guy several times over the last year, but now with my crops being bigger it was starting to get in the way do had to go. It it's place a deep hole had been left that will allow water it get deep into the ground where without it the water would struggle to get through the clay. Allowing it to die in place would have provided compost and nutrients to the ground but it is a tough guy and just kept growing and blocking my path, so had to go, this time. He is now mulch and the nutrients it had stored in its leaves will feed the ground rather than he thrown away.
Learn to read your weeds and you will learn to love them, or learn to replace them with a plant that can do the same job but he a benefit rather than a problem
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