Tom Farkas

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since Jul 29, 2012
Certified Permaculture Designer
Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod
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We have lot's of PI here on Cape Cod. I've tried a vinegar/vodka solution on young sprouts with some marginal success. It's not practical for large infestations.

Keep in mind though that PI is an important plant food for wildlife so I don't go too far in trying to eradicate it. Birds and small mammals eat the berries.

I don't, however, want it in my intensional meadow/orchard even though it'd probably be a good guild for some plant. So when a patch creeps in too close I sheet mulch it with grass clippings and wood chips. A cardboard under layer would probably be even better to smother it. I then planted sunflowers as a border thinking that the allelopathic characteristics would help hold the stuff back as well. I would think throwing in some other aggressive but beneficial plants like comfrey and mullein would make it that much harder for the PI to get in.

5 years ago
I'm experimenting with Permaculture on Cape Cod, Massachusetts (USDA Zone 7a - for now that is). I've formed a non-profit devoted to developing Permaculture techniques appropriate for our unique environment in the context of Global Warming. What's going to thrive and what's going to struggle to survive? That's what I want to understand and develop. Check out our Facebook page or contact me directly if you are interested:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cape-Cod-Permaculture/341954942574663

tom@capecodpermaculture.org

With the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, I'm looking to raise some funds and acquire a small unloved tract of land and develop a test site for permaculture guilds which will thrive as the climate warms and the Atlantic rises.

Unfortunately, climate change is happening right in front of us with all of it's attendant disruption. Permaculture offers a local level solution.

Cheers all,

Tom

5 years ago
Hi Devon,

I've been considering the same thing. But I came to the conclusion that one could combine both. On the down slope side of the swale I thinking I could create a bit of a raised berm that would comprise buried logs/brush. Water would permeate the depression in the swale, soaking in as it is supposed to. But in this case the wood absorbs what it can and supplies that to plantings on the berm. Any thoughts?

6 years ago