I recently went to a Permaculture workshop up at USU It was excellent. If you ever have a chance to hear Joel Glanzberg, don’t miss it. One of the principles we talked about was that the problem is the solution. Here’s two writer who did just that: a gardener started eating the weeds growing in her vegetable garden, and a native-plant enthusiast used her “weedy” driveway as a plant nursery.
Other ways to turn the problem into the solution? Here are a few:
- Use fall leaves as mulch. (Or drop them off at my house. It is beyond me why anyone would willingly get rid of their leaves….it is the best form of free mulch.)
- Let the clover grow and provide free fertilizer in the lawn
- Feed grasshoppers to chicken or other animals
- Use the death of a plant to plant something better
- Put kitchen gardens close to the house or in the front yard
- Use unique native or adapted plants for hard-to-grow areas
2 thoughts on “The Problem is the Solution”
I have a question about fall leaves–I have quite a few of them, and will have some more. But they are all dried out and crispy (thank you, desert). How would I make them into decent mulch?
I like your last point too. That’s perfect for me. Could I like gather seeds from native plants around and then use them to plant in my yard, or do transplants or something? My yard has just been weeded out, and it would even be nice if there was some rabbit brush up by my house or something like that.
You could try piling them up, get them a little wet and compost them. You could try gathering seeds from plants around, some natives have different propagation requirements: look them up here: http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org/network/search.aspx?SearchType=Continental