3274Re: Compaction planting
- Jul 5, 2003--- In email@example.com, "Michiyo Shibuya"
> I find that Japanese knotweed is one of therestoration.
> first plant that grows after
> a volcanic eruption and an indication of the vegetational
> Knotweed is symbiotic withhelp to
> mycorrhizal fungus and nitrogen fixing microorganism, so will it
> grow other plants as well?Michiyo.........this plant sounds more and more like a plant that,
despite its invasiveness, is worthy of more consideration in dealing
with soils compacted and/or damaged. Perhaps it would speed up the
process of opening up the soil far more than daikon radishes. I do
realize that the process of using the daikon radishes and leaving
them in the soil accomplishes more than opening the compacted soil.
However, when you mentioned the symbiotic qualities of knotweed with
mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen fixing microorganisms you caught my
attention immediately. Perhaps it should be a project for research
by a university research team, for instance. I qualified that to
such a team knowing that the average person might not be able to
I am also wondering if, when its job is done, the knotweed might not
die off on its own as some other plants do in that situation. Our
soil has been in such a poor state on this Earth for such a long time
now with so much of it unusable in its present state that the much
maligned knotweed might hold an answer.
I have much respect for it, too, now knowing its edible and curative
aspects. Just as my own journey with what are considered insect
pests has been morphing along in the last year, the way I am
beginning to look at different plants is also changing. I honestly
believe we need to understand them better before eradication and/or
banning of them is called for. Every plant has a purpose....we just
need to realize it and cooperate with it instead of fighting against
what Nature knows to be correct. It is our need to control what
grows where and how that is the problem. One day we just might make
extinct a plant that might save us all.
Thank you for the information, Michiyo.
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