Thanks to one of our kind readers, I'm trying yet another new biomass-producing crop this year --- Tithonia diversifolia.
This relative of the ornamental Mexican sunflower is a weed in tropical
areas but has also shown promise in improving soil conditions for
African farmers. Since we're definitely not tropical, the plant will
have to work hard to prove itself worthy of being babied over the winter
in the form of cuttings on our farm. Still, I have high hopes for the
species' potential as a cut-and-come-again mulch and goat-fodder plant.
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