From the Archives: WEEDS- Give ‘Em A Break

Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette
Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette

Story and photos by Bonnie Marquette

 (before you give them a rake) Weeds- the bane of existence for every gardener. They’re invasive and take over our flowerbeds and carefully manicured yards. The definition of “weed” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reads as such: “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.”The fight of weeds vs. gardeners is never ending. Since 1974, 9.4 million tons of glyphosate, the active chemical in RoundUp, has been used worldwide. [3] If a plant isn’t pretty, if it can’t be used for cut flowers or used for a photography session, we don’t want it. End of story. Or is it?

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WEEDS- Give ‘Em A Break

Story and Photography by Bonnie Marquette

Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette

Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette

 (before you give them a rake) Weeds- the bane of existence for every gardener. They’re invasive and take over our flowerbeds and carefully manicured yards. The definition of “weed” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reads as such: “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.Continue reading