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simple seed selecting technique (seems to work great )

 
Andrew Schreiber
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Howdy,

I was just rumaging through my pasture seeds to assess what I had left, and thought I'd share my take on selecting seeds for my kind of permaculture (IE, the kind where I don't have to do intensive planning, let the plants decide where they want to grow, and refrain from watering much if at all)

Anyways... a simple philosophy. I try to look for the wasteland conditions (exposed, windy, rocky, poor soil, etc) and look for the plants that seem to be doing the best in that area. In short, take the seeds from the best looking plants growing in the poorest conditions.

I take those seeds, because it seems they are fighters. They are like rambo seeds. They kick but, take names, and don't wait around for me to water them.

Interested if people have similar or different strategies?
 
John Polk
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Once, when living in an urban environment, I plucked a plant from a crack in the cement sidewalk, and planted it at home.
Grew bigger & healthier than anything I could have bought at a nursery.

There is a lot to be said about that 'survivor instinct'.

 
Jose Reymondez
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I've heard Sepp does that too.
 
Brenda Groth
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when we had a lot of bare ground here I bought some of the most aggressive species I could find to populate the area..some now I wish I hadn't gotten (mallow would be one of them)..although edible and provide beautiful flowers and birds and bees and foragers love them, they are a bit too aggressive swamping out a lot of other species..

but other than that the aggressive plants have worked out well for me
 
Joe Proto
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Andrew Schreiber wrote:
I take those seeds, because it seems they are fighters. They are like rambo seeds. They kick but, take names, and don't wait around for me to water them


Love this idea! Seems very much inline with Masanobu Fukuoka ideals.
 
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