The best way to stop weeds

Actually, I was in the vegetable patch. And what I said was “The best way to stop weeds is to plant stuff”. Himself was hoeing and I was hand weeding round the walking onions. The sky was blue blue blue, and the ground was hard, but gently moist once you got below the surface. The pea shoots are just starting to twine themselves around the sticks, there are artichokes sprouting up (pull them out! They want to take over the world!) and the birds are going crazy. We have a big colony of rooks at the top of the field, and they are raucously sociable. It’s like living next to a student bar for birds.

Anyhow, that’s what I said, and then I pondered what I’d said in that way you do when you’re working with your hands outside, and I realised that that, pretty much in a nutshell,(that could be put onto a soft focus nature picture), was a valid, positive,philosophical stance to take on life.

Or maybe I’ve pinched someone else’s idea without realising it. Maybe it’s on a million motivational posters out there. I don’t care. I thought it up in my own head, in my own vegetable patch, and I’m sharing it with you.

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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9 Responses to The best way to stop weeds

  1. Gradmama2011 says:

    rooks! I don’t think I ever met any… I do love the “student bar for birds” though, I can just hear the sweet things scrabbling and arguing. Or am I misjudging them? We have lots of blue jays, and they are always arguing about something… 🙂 thanks for visiting…. and what is with the “southwest?” My favorite place in the universe?

  2. Gradmama2011 says:

    hey…some weeds are flowers…. I was going somewhere really, really clever with that, but I forgot what it was. duh!

  3. Shawna says:

    This is just right. Perfect outlook on life, people, and gardens. And I’ll tell you what: Sometimes if you talk to a weed as if you see it as a flower, it will begin to behave like one.

    You seem very wise.

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