“Fighting the good fight” … against weeds

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

A few years ago my husband and I moved from the East Coast of the United States to northwest Montana. We knew we’d be experiencing some significant changes. But what is life if not a wonderful adventure?

One of the first changes we discovered had to do with weeds. In Montana it is actually illegal—against the law!—not to control the “noxious” weeds on your property. These weeds have the potential to take over the environment. We soon found that our biggest nemesis is spotted knapweed, described in Weeds of the West as the “number one weed problem on rangeland in western Montana.” By mutual consent, we decided that weed removal would be my particular contribution to our yardwork.

My first step was to enroll in a class called “Small Acreage Landowner Workshops.” After the class I felt pretty sure that I could at least identify the spotted knapweed. I set out with digging tools in my garden-gloved hands to track down the noxious weed.

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