Emerson White wrote:
I like the idea except for one problem. Neglect, even scientific neglect, can be a windfall for diseases. If everyone were to plant Americaqn chestnuts then in 50 years we would have fewer AC's left because we would be building bridges for Chestnut blight. . Etc.
I've always called it the spaghetti approach.
I still really like the apprach in general, for reasons I'll cover later.
Fred Morgan wrote:
A lot of time we can observe and learn, instead of read and force our will on nature. Sure is cheaper - and Mother Nature always bats last.
Interesting notion -- if you read you force your will on nature?? Depends on what you read. Much of the Pc literature is, itself, others' enlightened observations and the conclusions drawn from them. Also, you have to have knowledge and some language and concepts with which to interpret the observations. In addition, constantly reinventing the wheel is wasteful and slow. Why not learn from others who have cared enough to have documented their experiences to save us lots of time and other resources? Experience is great... unless it's just a lot of experience practicing your mistakes or experience doing dumb stuff or experience ignoring what's already out there.
It is an iterative process, to be sure. Don't know where/how you got the idea, or are just pretending you got the idea, that I call for just implementing a plan or that I've talked down to you or something, without even being specific. Not right. Don't put yourself below me by thinking that.
Since you've opened the door to our 'feelings,' though, mine is that you're basically agreeing with me at the top of your lungs. I think that's great. It's good for people to get their hackles up sometimes.
Don't put yourself below me by thinking that.
I prefer to look at scientific neglect as a tactic,just as grafting is a tactic.One does not negate the other.As someone who has spent over 15k on plants in 10yrs,I am highly sceptical of language like "should grow well here"and such as experience has taught me that the proof is in the pudding .Scientific neglect has reduced my plant collection by a third.Thats one third of purchased plants that I could have sustained but didnt.