Pulling weeds a physical and educational exercise

PullingWeedsExerciseThe other day I was talking to a young friend and her three lively children. She was telling me how the kids loved helping in the garden. Except… for pulling weeds. I could identify with that. My little brother was a willing helper too, as were my two sons. Except when it came to pulling weeds.

So when I ran across an article by Tina Schomburg on Natural Blaze describing the valuable life lessons she learned while pulling weeds, it resonated with me.

Those of us who like fresh, natural food don’t want poison on or around our plants.  So we pull weeds. Not just to beautify the garden, but because it’s essential to remove the weeds that suck the nutrients from the soil, leaving the productive plants unhealthy and depleted.

Most of us have family members or friends in our circle who drain our energy by their critical and negative outlook. For our own well-being we need to create a distance when possible.

Get to the root of the problem when pulling weeds. If you don’t dig the root out of the soil, it will be right back draining nutrients, as most weeds out-compete the vegetable plant. Every one of our problems has a root too. Dig it out, examine it and figure out what you can do to eliminate it or at least reduce its effects.

Sometimes weeds disguise themselves, or an unknown variety pops up that may be a valuable plant. Don’t be too proud to consult with trusted others when in doubt. Our garden has a number of producing plants from seeds that were ‘born again’ after surviving the composting process. The same with our own problems. Often the experience of an understanding friend or family member can help us find a solution.

After a while, pulling weeds (or any other task) can become tedious. Don’t get obsessive about finishing the job. Take a break. Mistakes and wrong judgments increase when we get in too much of a hurry. Read a page of something inspirational. Walk around and admire the beans or strawberries for a few minutes. Watch the activities of bees or garden lizards. Do some deep breathing and think of pleasant things.

Take time to smell the roses.

Make pulling weeds a physical and educational exercise, rather than a hated chore.

Primary source: www.naturalblaze.com

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