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Locked out? Pull a weed!

By Penny Stine

This bed may not look like much, but that's because you didn't see the before photo. There were dead sunflower stalks, dead mint plants and all kinds of mean, nasty ugly things out there. 


On Saturday, my husband locked us out of the house when we were on our way to go someplace and he grabbed his work truck keys instead of his personal truck keys. Fortunately, he had a shovel and two pairs of gloves in his work truck (as well as bottles of water), so while we were waiting for the locksmith, we pulled weeds, cleared out the dead stuff and cleaned up this area, where the irises will bloom in another month or so.


Normally, he leaves the gardening to me, but since we were locked out of the house and the truck, he pitched in and we filled the garbage can with debris. Yes, I could have composted it, but since it included weed and sunflower seeds, I didn't want to. Since dead weeds and sunflowers were in this bed all winter, I'm sure thousands of seeds have already fallen to the ground, but I didn't want to add to them by throwing it in the compost pile.


Next time, I'll just ask for his help instead of using my amazing mind-meld powers to cause him to forget his keys so he's got nothing better to do while waiting for the locksmith to rescue us.  

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