Most people understand this at once, but occasionally I see people giving our weeds some quizzical glances. They say things like "I wish I weren't wearing white pants - I'd help you weed" or "I love how you let your garden naturalize. I always pull those things out." Like I have time for that.
So - if you are like me, and let things go a bit, you may need a few excuses. Here's my list. I'd love you to add to it.
My chickens eat the seed heads.
I'm using the roots to prevent back pain.
|So many weeds - so little interest in pulling them.|
There are some cool mushrooms that grow in the mulch. I think they may be symbiotic with the plant life.
|These Stropharia ambigua aren't edible, just too pretty to risk crushing while I weed.|
I think they are gorgeous after they go to seed.
|Thank you Heidi for teaching me to see these in all their beauty!|
|You can get lost in that color|
It's a honey plant.
|Don't pull the weeds or we'll sting!|
If you don't keep bees, say "this is an important plant for native pollinators".That works better than my old line "thatch ants metabolize the lipids in the seed capsules."
I was too busy preserving the harvest.
I leave them here to reduce evaporation from the soil
|Seriously, this plant is holding down the soil. I can't pull it.|
Oh - I didn't notice that!
|Fireweed, hawkweed, volunteer hazel sprouts and gone-to-seed Shasta daisy|
I keep planning to do it, but it just isn't happening this year.
Note - certain invasive weeds have no place in a garden - Himalayan blackberry, perennial morning glory, butterfly weed, etc. I do my best to fight these, though they return again and again. The things I'm not afraid to slack on are the more run of the mill weeds.
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