Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Exactly What Is A Weed?

"Junk" is the most variable word I know. "Weed" is another; I've heard it described as "a plant for which we have not yet found a use." As soon as we know what to do with it, as soon as it becomes useful to us, it is no longer a weed.

Junk ... I dunno ... do you mean a burned out glass fuse? They're great for putting into lamps when you don't have a bulb in them so nobody will accidentally put a finger in there. Broken rubber band? Good for tying things back, because of the built-in tension. They don't really count as junk, at least for me, because there is a way I can make them work for me.

Post-It Notes came from a failed glue mixture that someone looked at and said, "I bet there's a use for this." Probably many things came by way of people who thought, "Wonder how I can get this to be of value?" It takes some imagination, plus a lot of pondering, to move an item from one category to another.

A weed, by the way, is defined as a plant that is not valued where it is growing. Does not say "useless," just says, "where it is growing." Good plant, wrong place.


Anonymous HelenWheels said...

I have some weeds in my front yard. They're called Grape Hyacinth and they're impossible to get rid of. They're actually kind of pretty when they stay where they're supposed to, but they've taken over about 2 feet of my lawn (so far) in front of the nicely-bordered flower patch. As a plant, you can buy 2 dozen bulbs for $10 at many nurseries, or I will pay YOU to come take them (as weeds) out of my lawn.


October 12, 2006 12:22 AM  
Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Weeds and errors. After having been to a field trip about herbs I found that many of my weeds are great for salads. So I tried it. Didn't taste like anything.

As for errors.Cognac was invented by a fellow who had a bad batch of wine and for lack of anything else to do, he ran off a batch ad came up with cognac......

As for errors ....Helenwheels....just wondering after looking at your handle, what's your take on Brian Vickers?

October 13, 2006 7:51 AM  
Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Grape Hyacinths. What you could dowith rambling plants is to dig a hole and put a plastic container into the hole with drainage at the bottom. A cut off plastic garbage can works good. This will keep them from running.

October 13, 2006 7:53 AM  
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