I worked in my garden yesterday morning. I think I killed 7,000 weeds, and I was reminded of a good life lesson. I often am in my garden. It has that effect on me.
With our garden, the rototiller keeps the weeds under control until we put our soaker hoses down. You see, soaker hoses only water where your plants are plus a little around the plants. This summer, we put our hoses down on June 17th. From that day forward, all weeds are controlled by a hoe and not a mechanized machine – in other words, manual labor!!
Weeds are kept to a minimum without water, so in general, you only have to weed where you water. After you get a rain, in about 3 days, you need to hoe little tiny weeds that have sprouted in the aisle. In a normal year, this would occur several times during the season. Grumbling sometimes is accompanied with this task – from guess who.
As I was out there yesterday, it occurred to me I had not been out weeding with the hoe since June 17th. That’s right – no rain means no weeds popping up in the path.
What I would have given to have killed a new crop of weeds a few times this summer. With so many other things dying due to lack of rain, I realized what a blessing it is to be able to hoe the weeds in the summer.
So, my lesson remembered is that there is always a positive side to every situation you find yourself. When grumbling, just step back and ask yourself what you might be missing in the whole equation.
Yesterday when I finished in the garden, I was smiling because “I GOT” to do some manual labor!! Who would have thought weeds would be my friend?
An added note: It rained here last night and yes, by the weekend I will probably need to weed the exact area I just finished yesterday. And you know what, I am quite happy with that!