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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 woodland care.

This BB is all about planting cleavers.


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The requirements for this BB are to do the following:
     o plant 100 cleavers
     o plant in a row, twelve inches apart
     o quick video over row showing that at least 20 have germinated

To get certified for this BB, post the following:
     o quick video over row showing that at least 20 have germinated
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What plant is this? I don’t know the name ‘cleavers’. What purpose does it serve? Why are we planting it?

Edit: found it mentioned in another thread.

Wikipedia: Cleavers

We have it here as an abundant weed. Another choice peculiar to Wheaton Labs? If I needed this in quantity I would forage for it in local hedgerows, or from around my raspberries.
 
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I am still wondering why cleavers are being advocated so strongly in this badge?  How are other Permies utilizing them?  This is a genuine question as I have lots of them growing wild on my property and would love to discover wonderful things about a plant I haven't had much use for so far.
 
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So you can make tea with it, stuff mattresses with it, play pranks on your friends by sticking it to them, and geese like to eat it. So I'm guessing this is done as a supplement for geese?
 
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Interesting! It's already a weed in my hedgerow, but gets too fibrous to eat very early in the season. Good to discover more uses for it!
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