One of the benefits of not weeding is seeing volunteer petunia seedlings blooming amongst the dried up corn stalks on a beautiful October day.
These petunias are almost exactly the color of the original Wave™ Petunias, giving me a clue as to where they might have come from.
I spotted them yesterday afternoon, as I stood on the edge of the vegetable garden thinking about how someone needs to get busy with cleaning it up.
At the risk of shattering any image that anyone might have about me having neat and tidy raised garden beds at all times, here is what the corn patch looks like now.
You may now resume thinking of me as having a neat and tidy garden, even with this evidence to the contrary. After all, does evidence really matter much these days? I say it's neat, so it must be neat.
These petunias do make a compelling case for not being too rambunctious about weeding, don't they?This is a pink version. (As you can clearly see, so I don't know why I wrote that. I guess it is in case you are viewing this post on a black and white only monitor.)
And here's the light pink version.(See note above about black & white monitors.)
That's mostly henbit growing around it with what looks like a thistle trying to hide nearby. I see you, thistle, your days are numbered.
Some newer gardeners might be confused at this point as to how not weeding can be a good thing, because I have in the past encouraged everyone to embrace weeding for a happier life.
For the most part, weeding is a good thing. Had I kept on top of my weeding I wouldn't be facing this monster weed in that same raised bed with the petunias and dried up corn stalks.I'm going to need some tools to get this out. Maybe a hoe, maybe a shovel, and I definitely will be wearing some heavy gloves. I might even have to take a big swig of iced green tea before I dig into it.
The trick to weeding is to recognize some of the "good" self sowers in the garden and let them be if you like the spot they chose, or move them if you don't. Or weed them out if you have too many, because too many of some plants can also be a bad thing in the garden.
It is nice to know that if you like a plant, you have options.
In my garden, I'm still deciding on spiderwort, Tradescantia sp. It's a good thing on a fall day when it is blooming like this one.It's a bad thing when it is coming up all over in the spring where I don't want it to grow. (Image added to replace the bad images above of weeds, so you leave this post thinking about pretty flowers, not gruesome weeds.)
I guess that's the real secret to weeding. If it is a plant growing where you don't want it to be, embrace weeding or at least transplanting, so you have the garden you want to have.