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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Gardening.

Encouraging volunteer and wild plants to grow together in a beneficial polyculture has many benefits. Volunteer plants usually tend to seed themselves well and are generally pretty tough and vigorous growers, which can be very helpful traits to have in a crop. They also can reduce the job of planting seeds. Who doesn't like less work?


To get certified for this BB, you will need to show 3 species of volunteer plants and 2 species of selected wild plants growing together, and a brief description of what you did to encourage the polyculture, like mulching or selective chop and drop.

This thread talks about selecting volunteers as a useful trait in plant breeding, and has a good discussion about volunteer plants in general.

Volunteering vegetables- The squash that won't go away...

What if there's a lot of unwanted plants growing amongst the volunteers?

Volunteers versus weeds

How to Certify That Your BB is Completed

 - A picture and identification of the 3 species of volunteers and 2 species of selected wild plants
 - A brief description on how you encouraged the volunteers and selected the wild plants (ie mulch, selective chop and drop)
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