As I visited a local garden I noticed some plants that were not producing the way they should. In the past, I have noticed plants like these in my garden. Although unproductive plants are not necessarily weeds, it is noteworthy to recognize plants that fit the mould of a weed. When these plants are left in the garden to take up space, they extract the garden’s resources without giving the gardener the pleasure of a “good” crop.
According to Merrium Webster, a weed is a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. For me, a weed can be a cultivated plant that is “not wanted” or a plant that as takes up space (and light) that could be better used for productive plants.
Though it sounds cruel, there are many good reasons to pull up or cut down a weedy garden plant. Here are a few:
|A Watermelon vine that is just not growing well|
|Many of my peppers didn't get posted about because of poor production|
|Some kind of mosiac or curly top virus on a tomato plant|
|Tomatoes are great - except if you have a huge plant with no tomatoes on it|
|My family doesn't care much for Brussel Sprouts|