I just read an article about weeds and how they are not all bad and in fact serve a purpose. I know this and yet I still do pull a lot of them but I leave some as well, like purslane which is a great food source and has more Omega 3’s than salmon. I just try to pull it before it flowers and goes to seed. I have friends which come by regularly and we harvest them. I pull the other ‘weeds’ around them but leave them.
We define ‘weeds’ as a plant growing in the wrong place. Now I still have my share of weeds to pull from my gardens (and am doing so right after I write this) but this article opened my eyes about the benefits of weeds too. I really enjoy reading the info sent out from the Permaculture Research Institute and became a subscriber. Check them out. So in the meantime, if you want a great excuse to NOT to pull weeds, read this article from them, written byJonathon Engels, WORKING WISELY WITH WEEDS.
You are wonderful!!!! Great link on weeds!
Like you said, “weeds are plants growing in the wrong place”. Last year, I planted Calendula in my veggie beds. Big mistake! I let them go to seed and the seeds blew everywhere. This year, I have calendula coming up everywhere, in between my strawberries, in the lettuce, even in the cedar mulch between the raised beds and in the interlock! It is a nuisance. I need to watch it this year, or they will end up smothering the garden!
Amazing how even a beautiful flower can become a weed, when it grows where it isn’t wanted!