|Boltonia getting ready to bloom – Not weeds!|
There is a paradox of weeding, a statement that seems to be contradictory but is oh-so-true.
The more you weed, the less you have to weed.
Let that soak in of a minute, or go pull a couple of weeds and think about it.
I seem not to understand this paradox, and don’t weed as often as I should so when I do weed, I have a lot of weeds to pull out, and they are big ones.
But if I were to weed more often, I would have fewer weeds to pull when I weed. And it would take less time.
Instead, every summer it seems like I get busy or its hot, or I don’t have the right kinds of clothes on, or there are mosquitoes, or what other excuses do I have?
So I don’t weed for a few maybe four or five weeks and the weeds know this and they get bigger and braver and sassier and then weeding becomes a big job.
That means the opposite paradox is true as well. The less you weed, the more you have to weed.
All this came to me while I was weeding, of course. Because when I weed, I think. I think about weeds and gardens and gardeners and gardening plans. I wonder what it would be like to have less to weed.
I guess the only way to find out what that would be like to have fewer weeds would be to weed more. Because the more you weed, the less you have to weed.
Truly, a paradox of weeding.