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Thistle- A Medicine, Not a Weed 2 May 2016

Never give up doesn’t mean keep doing the same thing over and over if its not serving you. It means adapt and overcome.

Due to the volume of emails I get at work (about 60/day) which I reply to at the end of my work day, it has become increasingly difficult for me to keep writing in the Facebook group and on my website.

I always said that my farm was my oasis, my sanctuary away from work and I would not bring work home with me. On the other hand, I’m much more inspired to write when I’m sitting on my back porch, as I am now, listening to inspiring music and watching the cows graze in the back field, surrounded by rain forest.
So I choose to adapt and overcome. Fortunately, because I only write about subjects I’m passionate about, I don’t see it as work. I see it as abundance, not scarcity. Just as I don’t see having a vegetable juice every day as a sacrifice, I see it as an exciting journey.

So today marks the new phase of writing…inspired by the dulcet tones of Krishna Das and Enya, and the scents and sounds of the rain forest.

So lets start with 2 of my favourite subjects…the irony of destroying life saving “weeds” with chemicals that kill us and the wisdom and resilience of traditional populations.

First my comments on this article about thistle.

“The reason for Canada thistle’s remarkable persistence is twofold — the plant is allelopathic, meaning it has an inhibitory effect on other plants, and it quickly regenerates from cut root pieces. In fact, only 10 per cent of Canada thistle comes from spreading seeds, Kimmel says. The majority spreads through root fragments.”

Comment: that;s called resilience. That’s called stress activated nutrients. That’s called medicine. As Roby Mitchell likes to write- plants have no immune systems. They protect themselves from microbes and competitors with thousands of powerful nutrients. We borrow them when we consume the plant. Choose plants that are most successful. Don’t choose plants that die in a day if they don’t get perfect conditions.

“All you need is a root piece that’s a quarter of an inch by an eighth of an inch round. That’s enough to start a new Canada thistle plant, and those roots can extend down six meters. So Canada thistle is tapping into nutrients and water that little else reaches.”

Comment: exactly. The top few layers of soil have had all their minerals stolen. The iceberg lettuce doesn’t contain many minerals because its roots are only a few cm long. That 6 meters root is tapping into some deep, deep medicines that have been accumulating for hundreds of thousands of years.

“As Canada thistle has such a great amount of biomass in the root system, it can only be controlled with aggressive weed control measures.”

Comment: ‪#‎ifyoucantbeatemjuiceem‬

“The worst thing you can do is go out and spray Canada thistle one year, assume it’s controlled, forget about it next year and go back to a herbicide with only top growth suppression. For control, you need two years of concerted efforts, either in-crop with clopyralid or pre-harvest or post-harvest glyphosate, depending on the growing season, to start to knock down the Canada thistle density,”

Comment: yep don’t just spray that toxic chemical on the soil once, spray that shit twice. Then we can plant our iceberg lettuce in that toxic waste.

“There’s a huge amount of biomass in the root system of Canada thistle. You need to select a herbicide that doesn’t just burn off the tops, but translocates into the roots,”

Comment: that same thistle root that repairs damaged livers. Yep, better destroy that.

“It’s tenacious and aggressive. As a weed, it’s done very well for itself. If we could get crops to grow the way Canada thistle does, we’d be laughing,”

Comment: carrot, thistle, celery and apple juice is freaking delicious.

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