one year’s seeding makes seven years weeding

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On the danger of allowing weeds to grow and seed themselves: also used figuratively. □ 1866 Rural American 1 Dec. .

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One year's seeding makes seven years weeding

Rolling hay over newspaper for a new strawberry bed.
Photo Luke Stovall

There is a “Keep the Soil in Organic” movement, which advocates for Organic certification requiring plants to be grown in soil, not water-plus-some-nutrients. Dave Chapman sent me this message asking for support for the National Organic Standards Board on 3/27/17:

Transplanting into hay or straw mulch, organic myth-busting, keep soil in Organic

A bed of early spring cabbage, planted into hay mulch.
Photo Kathryn Simmons

The NOSB meets in Denver in three weeks to debate whether a healthy soil is the foundation of organic farming. We have champions on the NOSB fighting for us, but they need to hear from you. They are facing tremendous pressure from professional lobbyists in this battle. Lee Frankel, one of the chief lobbyists for the hydroponic coalition, stated in an editorial last week that organic hydro is now a billion dollar a year industry. This explosive growth happened in just 7 years since the NOSB recommended that hydroponics has no place in organic certification. That recommendation was opposed by the USDA, and hydro has been welcomed into organic certification. The hydro industry sees organic as their economic gold rush. And they are only getting started. Please submit a comment to the NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) letting them know that organic must be based on the fertility of a healthy soil ecosystem. Don’t let organic be destroyed. Comments are due by this Thursday 3/30 at midnight . Do it now. Click Comment Now! “