If you garden, you weed. The end.
Seriously, every garden has weeds; it’s only a matter of degrees. I’m an expert weeder myself, probably because pulling weeds falls into the category of garden organization. I pull weeds and restore order. It’s therapeutic clearing out the interlopers, those pervasive plants that sneak into the garden beds when you aren’t looking. They pretend to be the real deal as they vie for water and nutrients, using clever camouflage and stealth tactics to avoid detection. I know the regulars around town: oxalis, dandelions and spotted surge. Now and again I spot something new and unfamiliar. I pause overhead, garden fork in hand, wondering if I should give the newcomer a chance. I once let a glossy green plant grow in our side yard, only to learn from my friend Doug that it was invasive. It’s still popping up! I’ve also yanked out plants, only to realize it was an annual re-seeding from the previous year. I was amused to discover this week that the plant I left growing next to the Chinese Pistache is a volunteer broccoli plant. How fun that was!
When you garden you have an intimate knowledge of weeds and their habits; where they’ll grow and when. If you don’t pull them out by the roots early, they’ll flower and drop seeds. Once they go to seed you’ve extended an open-ended invitation to return year after year.
I made my rounds today, fork in hand, with a strong wind kicking up pollen. We have rain in the forecast, so I figured I would get this first round done before the rain helps plant a new batch.
Do you have a garden “chore” that you secretly love?