Wiley Weeds

We have probably spent 10-12 hours weeding over the past few nice days. And believe me, there are plenty more hours of weeding to come. Not to mention ripping out perennial plants that you thought, or someone thought, were pretty that have now staged a coup over multiple perennial beds.

As I moved into the veggie garden yesterday, I had to take a moment to appreciate how wiley weeds really are. In order to grow our veggies and fruit, we wage constant battles with Mother Nature. We are deal with too much rain/not enough rain, cabbage moth caterpillars, tomato horn worms, cucumber beetles, squash vine borers, deer, raccoon, bunnies, crows, squash bugs, japanese beetles, early blight/late blight, powdery mildew, groundhogs, and on and on.

But with no help from us at all, weeds come back year after year in full force:

weeds

Yesterday I focused on the particular weed where once the flower goes to seed, if you touch the plant to pull it out, it’s like a weed seed explosion and the seeds fly everywhere.

Fargo was keeping watch for me while I worked:

fargo weeds

I’ve come a long way. Never in a million years did I think I’d be touching beetles or little green caterpillars, let alone picking way too many off plants to drop in soapy water. It is definitely a labor of love and it gives a person a whole new level of respect for large organic farm operations. However, we know it will all be worth it when we sit at the dinner table covered with food almost exclusively from our little organic garden patch.

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