A new appreciation for weeds

In an earlier post, I made mention of the neglected land of which I planted my garden.  At the beginning of the gardening season, I was overwhelmed with excitement for my new gardening adventure. I hate to admit it but lately, I have been dreading going to the farm. Dragging my feet in a way.  Instead of being overwhelmed with excitement, I am overwhelmed with weeds.

During the years of neglect, the weeds transformed themselves into a mutant form. They literally have taken over my garden and since it is so large, keeping up with them seems almost impossible.  These suckers can be pulled and a week later, their mutant offspring will be 2 feet tall.  What is that? Really? Don't they know I'm trying to do something productive?

So I went out for a dreaded visit to see what I was in for. Some of the plants that I managed to place hay, newspapers, cardboard around were doing good and were tall enough to receive enough sunlight.  The ones that I haven't had a chance to get to, beans, peas, onions, some potatoes, some squash, and more, probably have never seen direct sunlight because of these mutant plants.  Poor things.

I decided to show those plants what they were missing and managed to weed 4 rows today. Although I have a LOT to finish, the 4 rows were enough for me to develop an appreciation for those mutant weeds.  The ground was soft enough that they were quite easy to pull which was a relief on it's own.  Once I shook the dirt off the roots, I used them as ground cover. 

I have been worrying about what I was going to use for ground cover at the farm.  Hay would have cost a ton.  Cleaning out barns for old hay can only be done so much. Mowed grass isn't an option. The ground at the farm is incredibly bumpy from water run off which limits the mowing equipment that can be used. Nothing that we own can collect the grass and effectively mow the area.  I was in a bind.  As I was weeding, it occurred to me that I really do not need to worry any longer as to what I could use. I have an endless supply of weeds! Phew!

No more worrying, no more dreaded visits to the farm. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  There is hope for my sunlight deprived veggies.  Thank you mutant weeds!
3 Responses
  1. Laura Says:

    Thats some shiny silver lining you have there! ;)

  2. LOL, call me optimistic.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    You are so cute! I love your outlook!

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