Eliminate Weeds When They are Small, and Other Thoughts of Spring

Pulling dandelions

It’s the first week of April, and I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging but our front yard is mostly free of dandelions. You heard me right.

We had snow followed by warm temperatures this week, and the ground is nice and soft. So I spent a very pleasant hour in the sunshine, absorbing Vitamin D and pulling dandelions – many of them very small. Of course, dandelion season hasn’t really started and we don’t use chemicals so the battle has just begun. But still. Today, I feel good about myself.

What about the back yard, you ask?

The back yard?


The back yard is a topic for another day, my friends. Because as I was pulling up the small dandelions in front, I was thinking about parallels to my life. Do you do that when you garden—sometimes think deep thoughts? I find that I do.

Deep Thought

So today, as I was pulling up small dandelions I was thinking about the areas of life where I might figuratively “pull weeds” earlier, with positive benefits. Here are some of the ideas I had:

  • Paying off small debts before they accumulate into bigger debts and big problems.
  • Aside from an occasional splurge, not over-eating or drinking too much wine. Weighing myself every day, and making adjustments as necessary.
  • Staying in touch with people I care about, and not letting too much time go by before we connect.
  • Speaking up if something is bothering me, instead of keeping it inside and giving resentment a chance to grow.
  • Setting aside quiet time every day for rest and reflection, so my brain doesn’t get burned out.
  • Asking for forgiveness quickly, and being quicker to forgive others.

How about you? Do you have any figurative weed-pulling strategies? Heck, I’d love to hear your literal weed-pulling strategies, too, since I’ve got that back yard to think about…


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 thoughts on “Eliminate Weeds When They are Small, and Other Thoughts of Spring”

  1. Awwww… I LOVE this post!

    I’m not sure how figurative this one is, but one of my current projects is to try to deal with each piece of paper as it comes in the door and not to let them accumulate on my desk where they seem to breed!

    • ECL, I was thinking of you when I posted the “Deep Thought” photo in this post – you taught me that! đŸ™‚ I love your paper idea, too… such a good one.


  2. Eliza, I have found the perfect way to handle weeds. Just let little children know they need to be pulled, they think it’ a fun game and will tackle the job with gusto. đŸ™‚

    While not as deep as some of your thoughts, I try to never go to bed without the home clean. There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning to a kitchen full of dishes waiting.

    • Lois, I love the Huck Finn-inspired idea to con kids into pulling weeds! Your commitment to waking up to a clean house sounds really nice, too. Inspired by the Flylady’s cleaning routine, I try to at least do the dishes and shine our sink before bedtime. Baby steps…


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