posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Are you in the weeds? Read this.

Each week, fifty Spice Acres farm share members receive an informative and inspirational email from our farm manager, Shawn Belt. Here’s an excerpt from Week five, including an important reminder for those of us who strive to live happy, weed-free lives.

Farm Update

July is officially the start of hardcore summer weeding and this year is definitely not disappointing on that front.  Currently we are freeing our tomatoes, basil, and peppers from their unwelcome bedmates.  As we have been weeding we have been finding countless green tomatoes, pepper blossoms, and beautiful basil.  It is exciting to see what will be available soon at the farm.  Weeding is kind of like opening presents because you find plants that you forgot you had planted there.  There is a peace to be found in weeding, in the uncluttering of your rows.  The removal of unwanted plants allows you to clearly see what you are growing and gives those plants room, needed sunlight and less competition for soil nutrients and moisture.  At Spice we leave our weeds in the pathways to break down and add their organic matter to the soil.  When people come to volunteer on the farm one of the main tasks we set them to is weeding.  Although it is looked down upon as basic and boring, weeding is one of the foundational tasks on the farm.  It takes a keen eye, persistence, tough hands, and a strong back to be able to weed.

A Spice Acres volunteer, weeding away the day.

A Spice Acres volunteer, weeding away the day.

It is the same in life.  To remove those things that are holding us back it takes a keen eye to look upon ourselves with honesty.  It takes persistence to stick with the removal of those activities, people, objects that hold us down.  Weeding our lives is an incredibly freeing activity that can rightfully be an ongoing, daily activity.  What are the crabgrass, purslane, and lamb’s quarters (all spice acres’ weeds) of your life?  Want to throw on some gloves and get down to pulling those weeds? Bertrand Russell opined “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”  What are those things/ activities/people in your life that you can hang a question mark on in order to see if they belong?  If those things/activities/people can withstand that question mark then keep them around.  If they fall under the weight of that question mark, pull them up by the roots to free yourself from their constriction.

Week 5 Farm Share

  • Full-size bok choy-This will be perfect for sautéing/stir-fry
  • Patty Pan squash
  • Cucumber
  • Italian basil
  • Cilantro-You will receive a pot of cilantro that can be used for a long time by harvesting the oldest leaves and keeping the young leaves
  • Salad Mix
Shawn leads a tour through a freshly weeded hoop house.

Shawn leads a tour through a freshly weeded hoop house.

Read more about Spice Acres on the cover of Ohio Magazine this month!

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