Weeds Double Bill: Weeds in the Mountains/Big Blackberry Bash

What’s a noxious weed, and what’s a bush invader? Does privet make a good hedge and why does jasmine keep coming back when I cut it down?  If you don’t know your chickweed from your horsetail, your blackberry from your native raspberries or simply want to find out what all the fuss about weeds is in the blue mountains, don’t miss this opportunity to fill in the gaps. There’s so much to learn about this fascinating subject! Join local weeds expert Linda Thomas as she weaves a safe path through the weeds of the blue mountains, hosted by our friends at Permaculture Blue Mountains Find out more at: http://permaculturebluemountains.net/2013/02/22/how-much-harm-can-a-few-weeds-really-do/

English: Blackberries (Rubus), ripe and unripe...

English: Blackberries (Rubus), (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blackberry Bashing Day coming up at 2pm on March 22nd, after the volunteer session.  Blackberries are a noxious weed, so however tasty we find the fruits, this plant can be too successful for its own good and for our local environment. Noxious weeds have to be treated for removal by law, the big question is then, how do we remove them safely and with minimal impact.  There are a few different ways to tackle blackberries, and it can depend on where they are growing as well as the land they’re growing on. In our organic gardens we don’t use chemical weed killers, and so we rely on many hands to make light work of removal. If you’d like to help keep the organic gardens organic, please come lend a hand marking and removing blackberries from this precious site.

Come early and join the Friday garden volunteers for a spectacular garden soup first.

All welcome.

 

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