You've seen The Good and The Bad. Now, let's really talk weeds...here's The Ugly:
On the surface, it looks like a quiet suburban yard. Here's the view looking south:
And here the view looking north:
But, let's take a closer look:
Is that a shed back there?
Pokeweed, anyone? I'm not brave enough to eat it. Notice also how the hostas appear to be taking over. I don't even like hostas, but there are at least 500 of them in the yard. No exaggeration. A Freecycler came last spring and dug up one hundred plants. We couldn't even tell they had taken any. I'd like to offer free hostas to any reader of this blog. Stop by anytime and take as many as you want. I'm convinced they are a sentient alien race, determined to take over the planet.
That's not a weed patch. It's a interpretive display of the noxious weeds and invasive species of Illinois.
Any day now we'll find out that burdock is actually a highly valuable food crop. And delicious. Right?
This is my greywater reclamation device. No, really, I'm serious this time. It collects water from our sump discharge, which I'm using to water. I'm not actually sure this is what could be called a "good idea" but as the water was discharging near the veggie beds anyway it seemed like it was worth a try. Our village is offering rebates on rain barrels, so we should have at least two installed by this fall.
Hey wait! check that photo up above one more time. Does the black walnut next to the plastic tote count towards my harvest totals?
Hopefully this series of three posts has served to clear up any lingering impressions that "I Know What I'm Doing" or that "I Am Actually Producing Whole Meals Here on the Homestead".