Days gone by…

I did not grow up on a farm but my sister married a farmer.Our Dad was a grocer.While not unaccustomed to working my brother and I loved going to the farm not only to get out of town but to see the nephews. Well in the summer months we helped MD-my sister-“cut weeds out of beans”.This was the manual process before herbicides were in full force to cut the weeds with a hoe or ‘corn knife” going down the rows of soybeans.To accomplish the task we each took 4 rows at a time going down a 1/4 mi row that was usually waist high and wet from the dew-had to start early on the farm!One of the pesky weeds was a ‘smartweed”-Polygonum pensylvanicum.Briefly the SW is a member of the buckwheat family,Polygonaceae,They contain a juice which can smart if in direct contact.While the species contains 200 members about 24 are in the US-being more populated in the eastern half.The leaves are usually lance shaped and the flower pinkish or white.The seeds are are basically large and are feed for our songbirds and fowl.Those were the days!

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