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Clearing the back forty [Jul. 31st, 2004|08:21 pm]

Today I spent some time clearing the beds along the side fence. They were full of some viny things...possibly kudzu and some weedy thing I didn't recognize. I let it have its way in the spring, when it bloomed, but now it was getting out of hand, so it had to go.

I hate weeding. Not the pulling up weeds part, which I actually sort of enjoy. It falls under the same category as my passion for polishing, I think. But I never feel quite...right...about it. Pulling up a perfectly good and healthy plant simply because it's growing someplace I don't want it to grow seems a bit dictatorial, if not downright maniacal. It's un-American. Shouldn't the plants have a right to grow and thrive?

I reconcile it by telling myself the out of control plants have overstepped their boundaries by encroaching on the other plants' territory. It's not like they're moving into uninhabited terrain. I admire tenacity, but can't abide rudeness.

[User Picture]From: sphyr
2004-07-31 08:57 pm (UTC)
Realistically, they should have asked permission before growing in your back yard.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-08-02 09:12 am (UTC)

Squatter's Rights?

All these unidentified plants...did you ask to see any ID? Sounds like a bunch of claim-jumpers, actually. (Kudzu is an Alien Life Form, of course, they're making a new series about it on Sci-Fi Channel.)

Unless they had a Spanish Land Grant and I'd *really* ask to see the paperwork on *that*.
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