Loved this. I use weeding for anger management. As we have just moved into a new home, my introduction to gardening was from weeding, AND I LOVED IT. Plenty of ivy, weeds and monkey grass, not to mention shrubs, needed to be removed. After I started that, then I wanted to plant. Weeding was the start of it all. I get a certain satisfaction out of finding a difficult, long rooted piece of crabgrass and following it a good 5 feet. When I am really frustrated, out comes the maddox or hatchet (I no longer have bradford pears :~D).
I have tried to explain this to people. It is not a gentle, benign art, it is true agression at its best and it is wonderful.
Thank goodness our yard is so overgrown that I have a lifetime of getting rid of ivy. If I ran out, I would probably plant more, just to start all over again.
I definitely get funny looks when I confess my love for pulling weeds! I can relate to a lot of things the author has mentioned! I mentally rip feelings and thoughts out of my life as I pull the unwanted plant from the ground. A weed is after all just a plant that one hasn't found a use for. A rosebush could be considered a weed to someone who doesn't want it growing in their garden, right? Kudos to the author, I enjoyed reading your confession immensely. As I pull the sorrel and pokeweed from the ground, I shall remember your dwarf analogy :)
Weeds are consequence of empty spaces, lots of sun. I do not have that problem,
thanks perhaps of the situation of my garden beds among cement. More info and pictures: http://endemismotrasnochado.blogspot.com/
On the other hand, the horticulture I practice/plan is one with mostly pleasure activities: propagating and collecting. I do not know anyjuan mentally healthy
that finds weeding fun at all.. In my book is a waste of energy, something wrong
in the process. Even if you have energy, stamina and a body in good shape.
Noturf: That's nice, I guess, if you have cement inbetween your gardens, as concrete is harder for weeds to grow in than soil, but I like empty spaces with Dirt, maybe some mulch over it, even if it does get weeds sometimes. And Weeding does not mean you are mentally unbalanced; don't you see? Some people enjoy weeding because they can take out their frustrations as they yank-out that big weed! To some, they can weed as they are thinking about a problem, as weeding takes no toll on your brain-power! It isn't a waste of energy, because it makes the area look better if it is weed-free. Also, it is good exercise, just like other gardening activities are. If you get no weeds in your garden area, that's great for you; you have more time to propagate and collect, and do all the things you enjoy. But to some gardeners, weeding is another Enjoyable gardening activity! =)