Organic Gardening and Pulling Weeds

Pulling weeds at Happy Simple Living

“When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.

  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. “

We are growing some impressive weeds here at the suburban homestead this summer. With such robust specimens, why should the flowers and produce get all the photographic glory?

Weeds at Happy Simple Living

We garden organically, so we don’t use weed killer, fertilizer or pesticides on our plants. As a result, we have bunnies in the back yard all summer long and plenty of bees, birds and butterflies visiting the gardens. But we also have weeds.

Weeds thrive at Happy Simple Living

I find pulling weeds to be somewhat cathartic, as long as I don’t get too stressed about perfection. Because we’re a long way from that.

Weedy gardens at Happy Simple Living

Which is okay. How goes your battle with the weeds this summer? Are you enjoying being out in the garden, even if sometimes the weeds threaten to take over? I’d love to hear from you.

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Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

9 comments to Organic Gardening and Pulling Weeds

  • Mary Withrow

    There are some weeds I love! I literally planted dandy lions in my yard. (I have turtles) Many others like the common violet that pops up yearly I love as well. I do however weed my garden just to keep things a little easier to get to and find.

  • Jacob Workman

    i like organic gardening because it ensures that you have a food source that is not contaminated with dangerous chemicals. :

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  • Wendy

    oops think I pulled a valuable plant, grr. Whenever I take dogs out the weeds call my name, I have to pull some. Some at a time is not winning, but love my few moments or more when I can.

  • michele

    Oh boy, I think I pulled out some valuable plants!!

  • Sheila

    I don’t want to use chemicals but I was also so busy so I’ve given up on the weeds. LOL I’ve accepted them as part of our garden. Good idea to take photos of them.

  • Jonathan

    We also don’t use any chemicals on our garden…completely organic. We pick off pesky bugs and pull the weeds, although the weeds were winning for the first half of the summer. Then we took about 2-3 nights and got most of them out, but now they are back, as usual. 🙂

  • Cheryl

    Spent all weekend pulling weeds before they went completely to seed. We built a pretty elaborate flashing/weed barrier contraption in our main garden, which backs up to our neighbor’s grass, and it has done a great job of cutting down on weeds. But there’s still the other plot, and the flower garden in the front yard. I agree with you that weeding is both cathartic and relaxing. We are 100% chemical-free, and we’ve found that the neighborhood bunnies greatly prefer the clover in our lawn to any of our veggies. It’s been a fabulous harvest so far.

  • Weeds are definitely winning right now, but I’m slowly reclaiming things… emphasis on SLOWLY!

  • My weeds are winning for sure! I also don’t use any chemicals, so that’s just the price you pay. But the weeds don’t seem to have hurt anything – I’ve already frozen 30 pounds of zucchini and am doing my second harvest of kale and Swiss chard today. Take that little weeds!

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