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Are Weeds Healthier Than Farmed Veggies? With Tom Philpott

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Turns out the void I'm feeling may be more than aesthetic. According to author Jo Robinson's recent book Eating on the Wild Side, the same wild edible plants that we call weeds tend to be loaded with phytonutrients—the "arsenal of chemicals" that plants synthesize to fend off "insects, disease, damaging ultra-v

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Comment by Ed Price
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Seems to me that when you have extremely healthy soil - good, rich, black dirt - and you plant your regular garden or farm crops, the weeds naturally do not grow as well. It is in poorer soils that weeds grow better.

Plant alfalfa. Why? Alfalfa has roots that go down deep - sometimes well over 100 feet deep - to bring up fresh nutrients from way down there. Then till the alfalfa into the soil. Do this for several years, and you will have rich soil for whatever crops you want to grow.

Weeds? Weeds are simply trying to do the same thing that the alfalfa does.

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