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With a title like that, I sure have a lot of explaining to do. But, before we jump in, let me assure you that I’m not suggesting you let your garden go completely to the flowering weeds; I’m only suggesting that you make full use of their wisdom before you eradicate them!
Weeds are plants that grow where we don’t want them to.
That’s the short answer, but here’s my favorite answer:
“(Weeds) represent human beings’ failure to master the soil, and they grow abundantly wherever people have made mistakes - they simply indicate our errors and nature’s corrections. Weeds want to tell a story - they are nature’s means of teaching us, and their story is interesting.”
Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer, 1899-1961. Author of Weeds and What They Tell Us © 1970
So, what’s so magical about these weeds? In my opinion there are three powerful reasons that we gardeners should leave flowering weeds in place, for specified amounts of time:
We've had a lot of discussions about the wild bee hive outside of our office and whether or not we should offer them diluted honey or pollen patties. In early spring, flowering weeds and early tree buds (maple) are both food sources for wild bees. Ideally, you shouldn't have to feed bees, unless there is a weather emergency or crop failure.
Here are some quick examples of what our weeds are telling us and what we can do to improve the situation:
* Never work amendments into poorly draining or compacted soil until it has dried. This is a damaging practice that leads to cracked soil and hardened clumps, similar to concrete. Always wait until your soil has dried out.
Now that you’ve gleaned magical info from your storytelling weeds and you’ve devised an action plan based upon their powerful wisdom, it’s time to think about reclaiming your soil for your beautiful, cultivated plants!
In fact, the more intentional plantings that you make in your garden, the fewer weeds you should see overall. Your ‘wanted’ plants, when given a strong head start, can out-compete the weeds at every turn.