They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I’ve concluded weeds must have brains.
~Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994
Truth. I spent two hours weeding the backyard and side of the house today! Some of those weeds were hard to see!
I should have taken before and after pictures, but I wasn’t in the blogging frame of mind. Silly me! It would’ve been great to show the transformation! I still haven’t asked Ben’s Dad what the name of the weed that’s everywhere is again. And now it’s too late to call him.
Wait! I found it! Google is great. It’s called cleavers. It’s a horrible, horrible plant. It goes everywhere. The only upside is that you can drag your garden fork or garden glove over it and it’ll stick, so it’s relatively easy to pull most of it up, but then you have to find the roots.
I picked up about 8,123,423 cabbage tree leaves, too. Anyone who has ever had a cabbage tree on their property can tell you this is the best job ever. I never want another cabbage tree for as long as I live. I didn’t even get all of them…
It was a good work out though. Could definitely feel the burn in my shoulders, back, and calves when I came back inside.
I don’t know how anyone is honestly supposed to keep things from growing through gravel when there’s not really enough gravel anymore. Maybe I should quietly ask my land lord for more gravel for the paths. He would probably say no! I don’t want to spray anything that will hurt the worms or the soil, but holy cow, weeds grow fast.
Slightly more exciting than weeds — my first courgette looks like a real courgette already! I know might not be exciting to anyone but me, but I’m ok with that.
I went out early yesterday morning to see if I could catch the female flower open, but it looks like that window has passed. I just hope that it was fully pollinated and that my first courgette continues growing and doesn’t turn to mush like so many of them do.
The first male flower was open yesterday, though and it’s almost as pretty on the inside as the female one! :) And, the first snow pea flower has appeared! My runner beans are at the top of all the tall stakes and the spring onions & carrots are looking good. It’s all happening! :D
How can you not look at that and smile? It’s so cute! And tasty! I want to eat it! Soon.
Is there anything that has you very excited in your world?