"The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement."
So much of life and our planet was drastically affected by the invention of suburbia. Sure there is the heavy reliance on cars, redlining, and deinvestment of cities, but what brings me here is the lawn. What is the purpose of a lawn!
No one enjoys the chore of mowing the lawn. As global warming increases the frequency of droughts, lawns are also a waste of water. However, it is the pursuit of the pristine green lawn that has robbed us of plant biodiversity in our neighborhoods. Only valuing grass around homes has led to a misunderstanding of the other plants.
This is where the reliance of chemical weed killer is introduced into our water supply.
People think seeing a dandelion is a bad thing when in fact dandelions appear to support the land. Dandelion roots can loosen soil that is too compact or hard. It can also improve soil that is too acidic or needs more calcium. Dandelions are meant to support your land, not harm it!
Growing my indoor garden has led to a curiosity about what grows outside and there is so much to learn.