In 2000 the Black River Action Team was formed from the desire of some concerned citizens to take the protection of the Vermont Black River Watershed into their own hands and make a difference.
1. Ambrosia artemisiifolia - Common Ragweed2. Not a great picture, but probably Rabbit's foot clover (Trifolium arvense)3. Plantago major - Common Plantain4. Tough to tell from picture, but looks like Robinia pseudoacacia - Black Locust5. If it's the brown seedhead, probably Rumex crispus - curled dock, or perhaps R. obtusifolius.
Thanks, James! It's interesting to me to see all the different plants that are surviving the knotweed's presence. I'll be exploring more ideas for replacement plants that we can start sowing on-site, probably starting next spring. I think you're right about shading ~ I should try to find something low-growing that will be extremely hardy and will put out big leaves early in the season. The plantain might be good for that, I have plenty of that in my backyard that I could dig up and transplant. What do you think about dandelions? They would certainly be rugged, had rosettes of low leaves, and don't die off without a fight.
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