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What is a weed?

The definition of a weed is a plant growing in an undesirable location or situation - basically a plant growing in the wrong place. They are usually fast growing and compete with your plants or lawns for light, nutrients, space and water so if the weed is a menace, get rid of it, it's pretty simple!

Ralph Waldo Emerson describes a weed "as a plant whose virtues remain undiscovered" and I totally agree with him! When something springs up in my garden and I can't identify as a 'weed', I like to let it grow to see what it might be and give it a chance to prove its worth.

Many people will just see a weed or a pop up plant and get rid of it but sometimes if you just give it a chance they can be a fantastic new addition to your garden.

I have had many that I have kept over the years and one of the newest ones is a Watermelon that we had pop up in our lawn and although my husband's was annoyed that I wanted to keep it, I convinced him to let it grow so now we have a few small watermelons on the vine!