I just spent about 30 minutes pulling weeds from the backyard this morning. Here are some insights I came across while doing that in the silence of the day:
- Having good tools makes the job so much easier.
- Weeds in your yard actually means that things can grow there so once you’ve pulled the weeds, plant something in its place that gives you joy!
- If another life form is really benefitting from that plant at that moment, you can get to it later. (There were bees pulling pollen from flowers attached to weeds.)
- Even with good tools, it takes time to get all the weeds from your yard. Be patient.
- Sometimes you think you’re centered in on the root of the weed but you’ve actually a few inches off. Go back and get that root once you can see it better.
- Sometimes you think there’s just one plant but it turns out, there are 2 or 3.
- The nastier weeds hide inside a patch of smaller weeds.
- The weeds that are also vines can’t be left for later if you can’t find the root. Start cutting the vines down in search of the roots.
- Once you pull a weed, you can put it in a discard pile to throw out when you’re done. You can also have more than one discard pile.
- Sometimes, weeds can just go into a compost so they can nourish the yard later.
Some of these are just gardening facts but many, I saw life metaphors in as I worked. Okay, back to my Spring Break reset!
Love you, mean it!