Gardening (and living) between the stumps. Anything is possible.

The Weeds of June

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The brassicas and greens are all set out in the garden now: not in large volume, but a few seedlings each of cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi and bok choy. Three Brussels sprouts plants went in a couple of weeks ago, ready earlier because I’d started the seeds indoors. Last, but certainly not least, I transplanted a whole lot of Swiss chard and lacinato kale. Half a garden bed has served as a nursery for the past few weeks for this group, and today was moving-up day.

Now we wait. At the moment, we’re waiting for warm, seasonable weather to return, but on a larger scale, we are waiting for the garden to grow. And grow it will, but for some reason, the weeds in the garden will always grow faster. I don’t mind, though; I actually enjoy weeding.

Yes, I do like weeding. It brings me satisfaction to rid a garden bed of grass, dandelions, redroot and chickweed, freeing the carefully nurtured vegetable plants from competition for precious sunlight and nutrients. Onions, carrots, lettuces, beets. I can almost see them stretching up and out with a fresh burst of growth in their reclaimed space.

It’s also good to know that from this point forward, my hard work creating layers of organic compost will benefit my vegetables, and not those weeds.

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