Why do we cringe at that garden with weeds, shake our heads at the shame of allowing them to grow, “oh how untidy” we say as we shake our heads or in our own gardens we mutter “, Oh the weeds are growing, quick spray them, dig them up … get rid of them!”
Does the weed fairy come out at night and dance over the garden, planting seeds to grow in the most obscure spots and magic them to grow so fast? Does she sit and giggle as she watches gardeners spend their time cursing the unwanted arrival of weeds? But does she cringe and gasp as some even go so far as hating them, declaring an all-out war with chemicals like Round Up, or organically ripping and tearing at them with abandon.
Or is that the spring moisture is usually followed by warm temperatures, which means weeds begin to grow!
Actually, I think weeds are only considered “bad” because of how we, humans interact with them. They grow where they aren’t sown, where we don’t want them. They are often winningly competitive, peskily persistent and willfully disobedient – maybe just like the fairies!
But hang on, while weeds aren’t necessarily always in our garden plans, they can serve a purpose, a few varied purposes. As gardeners, showing respect to nature, maybe we should learn to look at weeds differently.