Monday, June 23, 2014
A call to weed
Pull the thistle rising above the rest of the flowers, catching it just as it is ready to burst into bloom and spew its seed about the garden. No matter that it is growing up through the middle of a massive rose. Pull it out.
Pull the perennial sweet pea vines creeping along the ground, snaking their way up to the sunlight through the innocent coneflowers and daisies, ready to strangle them.You don't have time to lament ever planting the perennial sweet pea in the first place. Pull it out.
Rip out the oxalis, doing its best to disguise itself as an innocent ground cover around the base of the honeylocust tree. It is not innocent. It is a thug. Pull it out.
This not the time to saunter into the garage or garden shed to get a few weeding tools and lay them out like a surgeon preparing to do a delicate operation.
This is a time for action. You and your gloved hands - that's all you need. You must plunge into the border and yank those weeds out by their roots. You cannot hesitate and wonder even if it is a weed. You must be decisive and quick.
This is not the time to gingerly step into the flower border, carefully deciding where to put your foot. Your very right to call your garden a "garden" is at stake here. Another day, another week and you have a full blown weed patch. Step in there with purpose.
Go. Do it now. Those weeds are not waiting. You have no time to even finish reading this post. Those weeds are growing and they will show you and your garden no mercy. Go get them. Pull them. Do not even give them the dignity of composting. To the trash! Now!