Archive for June 11th, 2012

The Phenomenon of Weeds and Wisdom

As it is late and I am rummy–not cards or liquor–I will try not to wander too much in my rambling.  But, tonight, as I was finishing up paying the bills and posting payments and sending email receipts, I flashed back on this past week.  It was all about WEEDS–seriously…  Yesterday was the climax–I found myself crawling on my hands and knees for 180 feet on black plastic with neat rows of corn to my right and left.  Tightly packed around the base of each stalk, or in the empty holes with no stalks, were the healthy unwanted plants…weeds to us-purslane, lamb’s quarter, and night shade to name the greatest offenders.  Three rows away was The Farmer–he was planting MORE corn…5 beds more to be exact.  The beauty of his corn was NO WEEDS–yet…

Earlier this week, The Daughter who did not wish to weed the carrots, chose to weed the corn.  She covered one bed (just as I did yesterday) on her hands and knees (just as I did yesterday) in an hour (unlike my 2 hours).  That day it was 91 degrees outside, unlike my cool evening with light wind.

When I first told The Daughter we had to weed the corn, she looked at me in surprise.  “We don’t have to weed the corn.  The corn is taller than the weeds and the weeds won’t bother it.”  I explained that the weeds would rob the corn of nutrients–they were fighting for the nutrients right now. The corn is taller than the weeds, but the weeds will continue to grow and though they won’t choke out the corn, they will prevent the corn from being the best it can be.  She wimpered a little more and said, “I still don’t think that it is a problem…who told you we needed to weed the corn?”

“The Farmer told me,” and she got right to it.  🙂  Go FARMER!!

Well, enough for now…late…oh yeah:  OPEN HOUSE the last week in June.  If we have enough variety for your first Share, you can pick it up at the Open House.  If not, you can see the garden where YOUR produce is being raised, meet The Farmer and his humble Wife, and pick up the first Share after the 4th of July.  I’ll send more information next week.  BTW–June payments can be mailed or brought with you to the Open House.

Till then– Be Healthy, Eat Fresh–hugs and kisses, Tired Marm 🙂