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WUWF Commentator Carl Wernicke One of the casualties of our evolving lives is that new things often take time from old things. Between traveling in our RV and other events, this year my wife and I have been unable to devote as much time to our garden as normal. But we are catching up, and in doing so have encountered the age-old nemesis of anyone with a lawn or garden: weeds. The easy definition of a weed is anything we didn’t plant ourselves, and which nature insists on sprouting haphazardly amongst our carefully planned landscape. Upon resuming our gardening, I found that a particularly abundant and fast-growing weed was well established. Because it is also easy to pull, in the past I have suppressed it effectively. This year it got ahead of me, taking hold in the corners while I worked on the beds and paths. And then one day I noticed that it was blooming, with bunches of pretty pink flowers. The next thing I noticed was honey bees and bumble bees feeding on the blooms, and I stopped pulling them. And started thinking about weeds. As a species we have done such a good job of suppressing weeds and planting the biologically barren monocultures we call yards that many other species have become endangered. Today, even insects are threatened, including some we claim to value, such as bees and butterflies. Meanwhile, we go to great trouble, and expense, to plant things that will attract pollinators and provide […]