5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Demonize Weeds

weeds

weeds

Weeds, what are they? I’m going to give some information on what weeds really are and let you decide if they are a nuisance or if they are a benefit. Plus, I will give a list of reasons why we shouldn’t demonize something we know so little about.

Weeds are defined by the Unites States Department of Agriculture, as plants that interfere with human activities. Where do you normally see weeds grow? On bare ground. Weeds are natures way of covering up a wound, like the scabs that form over our wounds. The weeds grow, cover the ground, and then die. Each year they will do this, adding more and more nutrients and soil-inhabiting bacteria to the ground, making the soil richer for other plants.

After so many years, you will get small shrubs and plants growing in that area, as these shrubs grow bigger, the shade that they cast, will kill off the weeds, thus ending the cycle of the weed.

Weeds are pioneers, they cover, protect, and fertilize bare soil, preparing it for others. They are superb nutrient accumulators, pulling up nutrients that are deep in the soil, for plants to use. They can also tell you what is happening with your soil, for example, if your soil is hard-pan, penny-cress, morning-glory, horse nettle, field mustard, and quack grass will grow.

plantain

plantain

There are some weeds that are edible, here’s a few of them,
chickweed
chicory
dandelions
wild garlic
lamb’s quarters
plantain

So here is my list of why we shouldn’t demonize weeds,
1. Some are edible.
2. They condition, and add nutrients to the soil.
3. Their extensive root system adds humus to topsoil and subsoil.
4. They are good indicators of what type of soil you have.
5. We don’t know enough about them to categorize them a bad.

“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

plant whose virtues have not been discovered yet.

plant whose virtues have not been discovered yet.

You obviously want to make sure that they don’t go to seed, and get out of control, but when it’s done properly, you will have less work with more nutrition in your garden.

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Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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3 Responses to 5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Demonize Weeds

  1. zestyjazz says:

    Heck yeah. Honestly, it is a terrible destructive habits for us earthlings to view anything that is contrary to our scheme as “bad”. Nature is not a made up of a dichotomy of “good” and “bad”, “helpful” and “distracting” etc. etc. I think it is important for everyone to see how everything is cyclical. Feedback loops are an example of how naturally everything takes a turn being more powerful and then less, and then alas! Nature is just, the reverse happens. To learn about feedback loops : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inVZoI1AkC8, Ugh just ranted. -Jasmine

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