almost too embarrassed to admit this. Since moving into a new
house last winter, I’ve carefully tended a small garden to
see what types of flowers the warm weather would coax from the
ground. Last week, I realized everything had bloomed except
one species that grew and grew with flowerless abandon. Yep,
Google confirmed it. It’s a weed.
habits, weeds are plants that grow where they are not wanted.
And they overpower the good plants we want to cultivate.
first, I was frustrated with this mess in my garden. Then I
realized I had a choice. I could do the hard work to get
things back in shape. Or I could go have a glass of iced tea
and fret about the fate of my poor plot.
my decision. I took a swig of iced tea, put on my gloves and
began my attack. I pulled and puttered and raked and dug. At
times I got a bit overzealous and ripped out a flower along
with a weed. And sometimes a weed was so entwined with a
desirable plant that I had to sacrifice the good to get rid of
unwanted visitors were removed, I had room to plant meaningful
seeds … those that my sister had given me from her garden.
Now the more delicate blooms — freed from the aggression of
their more powerful competitors — can begin to blossom. And
I am better able to identify and pluck the weeds that pop up
… before they get too big to handle.
habits are like that. Sometimes we don’t recognize the
harmful ones until they have grown out of control. But with
each positive choice — one stray weed at a time — we make
room for habits that produce strong and vibrant lives.
speaking of good seeds, some are edible and good to cultivate
into our daily diets, according to a colorful article in the
August 2016 issue of Food and Nutrition Magazine. Seeds
contain vital nutrients for a plant’s reproduction; thus
they provide essential protein and heart healthy fats plus
minerals such as calcium, zinc, copper and magnesium. Here are
seeds: These tiny blue-black seeds add flavor, fiber and
nutrition to breads and cereals. Calcium, iron, and protein
— major nutrients missing from some diets — are all housed
within these tiny seeds.
seeds: These popular seeds are rich in vitamin E (an
antioxidant nutrient) and folate — a B-vitamin known for its
ability to prevent certain types of birth defects.
by the way, are the seeds inside pumpkin hulls. And chia seeds
come from a certain type of mint plant.
edible seeds to yogurt, cereals, soups and salads. And keep
them cool (in the refrigerator or freezer if need be) in
tightly covered containers away from sunlight to protect their
delicate oils. It’s another good habit to sow.