Weeding With Guyrme

Posted by Francesca

William Shakespeare wrote, “Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste,” and for anyone who gardens, you know exactly what that means.  Did you know that a single weed can produce as many as 250,000 seeds?  Some of you might say, “Why bother gardening?”  But that’s just a defeatist’s attitude.  We, Frenchies, like to weed and we often help the grounds crew with that chore.

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Hooray!  Gyurme is finally back from Skylands!  We missed you.

1 Hooray! Gyurme is finally back from Skylands! We missed you.

Gyurme, I know that you were helping Betsy with the horses at Skylands, but we like it when you are here at the farm.

2 Gyurme, I know that you were helping Betsy with the horses at Skylands, but we like it when you are here at the farm.

I see that you're weeding.  We can help.  You know, so many complain about weeding, but it's really very gratifying.  In fact, if you put yourself in the right frame of mind, it can be almost meditative!

3 I see that you're weeding. We can help. You know, so many complain about weeding, but it's really very gratifying. In fact, if you put yourself in the right frame of mind, it can be almost meditative!

Did you know that weeds rob valuable nutrients from the soil and compete with your favorite herbs, flowers, shrubs and vegetables?

4 Did you know that weeds rob valuable nutrients from the soil and compete with your favorite herbs, flowers, shrubs and vegetables?

Weeds can also shelter harmful insects and diseases and it's important to eliminate them regularly by pulling them by their roots.

5 Weeds can also shelter harmful insects and diseases and it's important to eliminate them regularly by pulling them by their roots.

Oh-oh, Gyurme - This is nutgrass, frequently described as the worst weed in the world.

6 Oh-oh, Gyurme - This is nutgrass, frequently described as the worst weed in the world.

As you can see, nutgrass pulls out easily enough, but tiny nutlets or tubers are always left behind and in a few days, a new plant emerges.  It's kind of a losing battle!

7 As you can see, nutgrass pulls out easily enough, but tiny nutlets or tubers are always left behind and in a few days, a new plant emerges. It's kind of a losing battle!

Wow!  We've really pulled a lot of weeds today.

8 Wow! We've really pulled a lot of weeds today.

Gyurme, you stay put.  I'll run this cart up to the compost pile, lickety-split!  Then I'll bring it back and we can fill it again.  I see plenty of weeds in that garden over there!

9 Gyurme, you stay put. I'll run this cart up to the compost pile, lickety-split! Then I'll bring it back and we can fill it again. I see plenty of weeds in that garden over there!

Comments (11)

  • Good Morning F & S

    Mom says she could weed 24/7 in our yard and never be caught up. We have a section of river rock in our yard and the darn weeds grow through the rock even with weed fabric underneath - those suckers are amazing.

    Last night we had really bad storms again, lots of rain and thunder. T-Bone hates the thunder he thinks it's fireworks so he cries and shakes. I just snuggle next to mom I know she'll protect me.

    So Basil - do I have to come out there and kick your butt? You have to take your medication and you must eat the food your mom prepares. And to bring your mom to tears?? What's wrong with you boy - get your act together you are doing so well !!!!

    Zoe

  • It seems like you girls are doing all the work. Make GK get out there and do some chores too. He can do them early in the morning or in the evening when it cools off a bit.
    Ahhh Zoe, you must be so happy for little Nicole. That was great news.
    Basil, you better eat. One time I saw my mom grind up the dog food in a blender, added some warm water and some yogurt and put it in a big horse syringe cause it has a bigger hole in the tip and she fed one of my sick friends that way till she would eat on her own. If your mom says she is going for horse supplies, you know what that means.
    What happened to Henry the Labradoodle? Henry, Henry, where are you? I will be able to laugh all day today. Harley and Rhyder are going to get baths but they don't know it yet. I am smart as a detective. I saw my mom getting towels together and she had a brush and a bottle in her hand that I know was shampoo. I hope she gives them baths before me so I can snicker at them.
    Well Dudley, Kirby, Rebel and all the rest of my blogger friends, enjoy the day.
    Your buddy,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a storm we had last night; rained three and a half inches in an hour. I didn’t like all the thunder but Mommy and Daddy stayed with me through it all. Maybe it was because I kept them awake; they seem to be able to sleep through a storm. Well it’s the middle of the week; time does fly by when you are having so much fun. Bath day for some of you; I’ll snicker some too just thinking about it. I know, my time will come shortly. I don’t pull the weeds, I have a magic liquid which kills them. It’s a little hard to aim at times but it does the trick if you use enough of it.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., So you girls and G.K. didn't go to Skylands with Martha a while ago. I thought you were there all that time. Well, it is nice that Guyrme finally came back to the farm and how thoughtful of you to help him with the weeding and dumping the weeds in the compost pile. My Mom weeds all around our home everyday and I love to help her, also because it makes everything look nicer. I agree with you Kirby-the magic liguid works very well and I add it to the weeds a lot. Sorry about the thunder storms you and Zoe had-I don't mind the noise, but hate the rain. Sure hope everyone has a great day with no storms or baths! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I love this Shakespeare quote! so true...
    Oh can you send Gyurme to my yard to weed? The rain has given us a bumper crop of weeds, a never ending job. I learned quite a bit about weeds today from you Francesca!

  • Hello Ladies,
    Aren't you both the industrious gals. I hope it was cool and early morning. I just don't like the heat except for an occasional sun bath. My folks are like your Mom, Zoe, they could weed 24/7 and still not be done. I think the one you girls were weeding--the nut kind--is my Mom's weed from hell. I am doing better--got over my brat day. But I did get 1/2 lamb along with the low residue food. What the heck does that mean anyway--low residue?? So I am back on my meds and being a well behaved kind of guy. Cora Bell that flashing light is a great idea. I am going to get Mom to carry a flashlight also. I hope all the baths go well. As for me, a big nap day. Dad was snoring so Mom and I had a bad night's sleep.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hey everyone!
    It's much nicer here today in East Central Illinois. Mimi & I are going to mow and pull our weeds today. I do a lot of watching. Something was whizzing by my head while I was on the deck yesterday afternoon. I jumped up! Mimi said it was our little friends the hummingbirds. I counted 4 of them zipping around me. Wow, they're fast!
    Hey Basil buddy, I have a pill that I think is really too big for my chihuahua mouth. I have to chew it & it tastes yucky. But we've got to bear it. Remember, your Mom loves you and is doing what is best even it tastes super bad. Maddox's idea sounds good, I like yogurt.
    Glad all is well with little Nicole.

    Till tomorrow, Rebel

  • My new favorite word: nutlets.

    Between nutlets and donks I'm in heaven!

  • Weeding is truly hard work..I get crazed and start digging..not a good idea...plus I get side tracked..Rango, the red belly squirrel makes fun of me weeding and that creates problems...since I am 15 years old, chasing him is not an option any more.. I can relate to not wanting to take meds..take care my fellow dogs!!

  • Very sweet of the two of you Guyrme out with the dreaded weed pulling. Basil, I'm glad you told your other half Guido to go away and stop making trouble for your Mom. :wink:

  • Hello!
    My mom and I love reading your blog and hearing about your adventures. Thanks so much for writing a great blog!
    Love and Licks,
    Pepper Joa

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