PLEASE NOTE: This is not a piece about that kind of weed. You know what I mean! That’s another story for another day.
Ever since I was a kid working in my mom’s garden, I’ve had great respect for weeds. I recognize their determination and persistence combined with their flexibility and resilience. They’re not appreciated by everyone. Especially those who care about straight rows and order in their gardens. Over the years I’ve come to understand their value and their medicine. When I discovered that Garlic Mustard was edible, it changed my relationship with this persistent plant in my yard. I’ve also transitioned my lawn into an “herbal lawn” which has saved me both money and my sanity. My growing interest in herbalism is also a reminder of the value of many “weeds” in my yard. Chickweed, Plantain, Dandelion and Clover have numerous useful medicinal properties.
My dad always used to say that a weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place. Now more than ever, we need weeds. We need strong resilient creatures that don’t grow in neat rows, that don’t follow the rules from up high.
Resistance to the status quo is more important than ever in the months and years ahead as the new regime steps up the destruction of our natural environment in the name of increased profit for the mega-corporations. Persistence is another important quality that we must cultivate now more than ever. Weeds can be our spirit guides in these beautiful dangerous times.
Before you break out the toxic weed killers this spring, consider the value of resistance and persistence. Re-frame your relationship with the wise weeds in your world.