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The enemies are among us. Since we know how to identify the impostors, we can start the business of eradicating them. Reminiscent of Helena on Orphan Black.

There are many different ways to get rid of weeds. Today we’ll talk about one of the more obvious ways- pulling them out of the ground with your hands.

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Here is a weed growing in some rocks. We don’t want it to grow there, so let’s get rid of it.


When pulling a weed out of the ground, you need to locate its main root, the one that is attaching it to the ground and bankrolling its life.


Grasp it at the root base firmly, and then finagle it out of the ground. The goal is to get as much of the root as possible.


Be sure to try to get as much of the roots as possible. If you just get the peripheral leaves and appendages, you are just pruning it, and it can still continue to grow.

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It is sometimes easier to weed without gloves, because you can get a better grip. Weeding by hand is good if you are weeding around other plants, or if you want the plant gone immediately. Its also good if you feel like tearing something to shreds. It does require a bit of time and muscle, but think of it as a good workout.

Weeding by hand is instant gratification. The weed is now gone, and depending on how much of the roots were removed, will not return to pester you again. Don’t worry though. Another one will pop up somewhere to laugh at you soon.


Weeding. Not always fun, but ya gotta do it. For some farmers, weeding is therapeutic time. Get out your aggression by pulling stuff out of the ground. For others, its one of those boring chores. Its hot outside, and there are a million weeds, and you couldn’t possibly pick them all. Let us say to both of you types of farmers- don’t let the weeds win! You are bigger than them!


First, let’s learn how to identify weeds. We ask these questions when trying to decide if something is a weed:

  • Do I want you to grow there?
  • Do I like you?
  • Are you trying to ruin my life?

So let’s go through some examples. We’ll start with an easy one.


If you said weed, you are right! It’s clearly growing there to spite us, so we would do away with him.

What about these?

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We definitely didn’t plant random spurts of grass in the mulch, so they are weeds and need to die.

These are a little harder.

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Since we remember planting these things in these particular spots, they are not weeds. We like them, and want them to grow there.

One more and you are an expert.


This is a trick one. Here we have grass (which we want to live) growing into the mulch (which we want to stay just mulch). Those that think they can grow in the mulch must be stopped before they become too powerful.

You have the knowledge now. Seek and destroy.

And if you are opposed to just casting the pulled weeds to the side, you could always make a salad with them.