Intensive gathering

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This article is about the pre-agricultural practice of tending wild plants. For other uses, see Gather (disambiguation).

Intensive gathering entails the tending-to of wild plants. Intensive gathering or "tending" methods include weeding, discouraging predators, pot-irrigation, and limited harvesting to ensure reproduction. The same system of methods is involved in cultivation, a process which additionally requires systematic soil preparation and planting to tending and harvesting. This human manipulation results in the domestication of involved plant life.