“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weed & Whacked

This past week found plenty to do around the Thrifty Garden/Home.  Weeds galore ... of the noxious variety ... the type we are encouraged to eradicate from our property.  So .. with a steel blade, hand held gas grass cutter, I traversed the hills around our home knocking down the offenders.  It's impossible to pull them all by hand without the help of a small army; and I refuse to use any chemical sprays.  This is an ongoing war of the weeds.  For the past few years I have attacked different areas ... cutting them down to the nubs so I can get a mower in to keep them in check.  (These weeds are only in areas that have had the soil disturbed from grading years ago.)   In the areas that have previously received this knock-em-down-keep-em-mowed treatment, some non-invasive native plants and grasses have started to take over.  I have a feeling this battle will be going on for a long while.  Thank goodness for Sunday and a day of rest.


The Younger Rachael said...

We are of the same attitude. I've been pulling weeds like crazy lately, but it looks like the grass is starting to move in. Its the sticker weeds and tree weeds that I am trying to eradicate.

donna said...

sounds like an all out war...:)but am glad to hear you are not using any chemicals....I linked to you off my new garden blog...when you take a break to sharpen your blade, stop by! :) hugs to you my friend.


LynnS said...

There is no way in the world we could clear "weeds" off of our place, but there are uses for so many of these -- not to mention they provide a living mulch in the woods. Many are edible, some offer medicinal value, and some are tasty treats to critters. Weeds in the garden that serve no purpose get pulled, though. Into the compost piles they go!

The only thing I'd like to clear out are the toxic mushrooms. One of our Goldens got into them again over the weekend. He was very sick (again). I've seen a few very small ones when I was pulling garden weeds so he probably had no idea what was going down. He loves grass, wood sticks and mulch-chunks. He's a mess....we even used a mouth-cage sometimes to keep him from eating things he wasn't supposed to. I guess we will be going back to that for now since we've had quite a bit of rain lately.