Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.
The weeds got away from me this summer in a disastrous way. I didn’t attack them early in the season and they spread and went to seed. I left them in fear of sending all those seeds afloat, making matters worse. Ultimately, my solution to the problem was a weed barrier.
When I think of spring flowers, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips come to mind, but another early bloomer is the dandelion. I know what you’re thinking, a dandelion is a weed, not a flower, but you’d be mistaken. I’ve never had a hatred for the plant like many do. Likely because every spring, the meadow my childhood home looked down upon was a glorious sea of yellow dandelions. It was (and still is) a sight to behold. Beyond the sunny yellow flower that brings me cheer there are other reasons to embrace the dandelion. Before you arm yourself with a spray bottle of Roundup®, hear me out.