What is a weed? And how can some weeds be ‘good’ while others are ‘bad’? The way we garden and produce food at the Tiny Diner creates a fluid definition of a weed. Any time a plant isn’t in a place where it has the most symbiotic space with other plants and animals we define as a weed. Basically, if a plant is in the wrong place at the wrong time for multiple functions.
We have plants growing around the Tiny Diner and at our rented 2-acre plot at Garden Farme that most conventional lawn care providers would define as weeds: plantain, white clover, dandelions, sunflowers, creeping charlie, etc. And to those of us who are used to looking at perfectly, over-watered and chemical-ridden lawns as ‘healthy’, our gardens are not uniform. And because they are diverse and layered and adaptive, they are actually way more healthy for many species, including us! Our growing spaces look more like a prairie or forest floor, with sprinkles of various low-lying plants that hold soil and produce flowers during the hard times of extended drought and inundations (dandelions, creeping charlie, etc.).
This Monday July 17th we are hosting a class called, “Weed Identification: The Good, The Bad and the Beneficial,” from 5:30-6:30. We will have a fairly large group and snacks with Q&A at the end so be sure to join us. If you can’t, we are hosting another class in August/Sept so stay tuned. For more class info: http://www.tinydiner.com/event/weed-identification-the-good-the-bad-the-beneficial/.