Over the years all of us have dealt with weeds in some way or another. As a child, we were sent out to the bean fields with a hoe and we were told to kill every weed we could see. Dad only had us doing it for an hour a day, we complained all the way out to the field, but we knew they had to be dealt with. The weeds would get caught up in the farm machinery and dad would have to stop the combine and pull the weeds out. So our job was to help prevent that.
All over the United States, there are regions combating drought and lack of rain. In Ohio, you have great areas with thriving crops and in other areas, the crops are starting to droop and show the signs of dying due to lack of rain. The pond levels are dropping and the flowers and vegetables are needing watered every day.
But, the weeds… they are thriving! I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on vacation and I had a good friend, Stacey, come over to water my garden and the plants around the house. I called her when I got home and asked what special touch she had because the zucchini was going crazy and everything had doubled in size. LOL Her response was, “I normally kill plants and glad to know I did my job’. As I looked around my house I noticed two things. First, my grass was turning brown from the lack of rain and the heat temperatures and two, the weeds were growing faster than anything else. Where there were no weeds when I went on vacation, now 3-foot weeds stared at me.
I just Googled the definition of “weed” and this is what it says in the Webster dictionary: “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth: especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.” LOL, the other definition was marijuana, but that is not the definition of the weeds around the common property.
So, the organic way to kill weeds is with Dawn dish soap, vinegar and Epson salts. Not me, I have my Round Up from the farm yet and I was determined to put an end to their lives today. The swing set has them growing under them and the steps in front of the barn are being concealed from anyone walking up. It was time to take control of the problem. Sprayer in hand, fully filled, I set out to conquer the problem. It seemed like just a few spots when I started out, but as I walked it became an hour long job. Traveling to each weed, finding another one behind it or one peeking out of the ground beside it.
Isn’t it odd how sometimes we feel good about taking control? Even over a weed, I can’t say defenseless weed because they are aggressive and taking over the space they occupy. Maybe it is not control or a feeling of accomplishment as we look back at the job just completed and we know another job well done,
Weeds are like problems in life, they are never going to go away. We can struggle with them or we can take the best action to eliminate the problem. I had a friend who was stressing over a situation and I gave her the best advice I had been giving many years ago. “When you look at the problem is it something you can change or something you have no power over? If you have no power over it and you can’t change the problem, let it go. Walk away and move on to the next step of your life.” That is my advice I will pass on to all of you today. As a problem comes knocking on your door the question is can you change the situation or not stress over it and walk away. Like a weed, a problem can be taken care of.
Have a wonderful weekend and travel safe.