August 10th, 2011
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.
1 Hooray! Gyurme is finally back from Skylands! We missed you.
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.
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!
4 Did you know that weeds rob valuable nutrients from the soil and compete with your favorite herbs, flowers, shrubs and vegetables?
5 Weeds can also shelter harmful insects and diseases and it's important to eliminate them regularly by pulling them by their roots.
6 Oh-oh, Gyurme - This is nutgrass, frequently described as the worst weed in the world.
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!
8 Wow! We've really pulled a lot of weeds today.
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!
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