Universal Truths I Learned from Weeding the Garden

By L.A. standards, we have a lot of land: just over 1/4 of an acre. Anywhere else, it’s a postage stamp.

Last winter, we didn’t get as much rain as we did this year, and so this year’s weed growth is unprecedented. I knew it wouldn’t be a small task, so admittedly I’ve been putting it off, and while I was out there pulling, I learned a few universal truths (yet again).

  1. It’s important to be able to identify wildflowers from weeds, no matter how fetching the blooms.
  2. When pull a weed, pull it out by the roots, or you’re going to be pulling it out again regularly, and indefinitely.
  3. Weeds can be deceptively attractive, and appear falsely benign. You may even enjoy the blooms, but if you let them go to seed, they’re going to be even more difficult to rid yourself of. See #2.
  4. An hour outside, at 72 degrees on a sunny southern California Sunday beats an hour behind a computer, no matter how clever the blog, any day of the week.
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