19th October 2014
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Editor’s note: At Wake Up World, we understand the term ‘weeds’ is subjective. Many plants labelled as ‘weeds’ are edible, and in time science will continue to learn the health benefits of many varieties (re-classifying them as herbs and greens). This article is intended for the many home gardeners out there who like to maintain ‘weed’ free gardens and pathways, without poisoning their immediate environment.
Welcome to my the first article in my natural home-care series, where I invite you into my home and share my learning experiences of “green” country living.
One thing is for sure — Vermont is very green! And in this case I am not talking about an environmental stance, I literally mean Vermont has got to be the greenest place I have ever lived. The trees, the grass, the flowers! Saying Vermont is lush is an understatement to say the least.
Now, after living in Colorado for fifteen years (which I loved) I wasn’t quite prepared for Vermont’s growing season when I first moved here. Though Colorado is very beautiful, it can’t compare to what I was about to experience.
The home I moved into came complete with “idiot proof” flower gardens and stone walking paths. Great! That’s perfect for me! I certainly don’t pretend to have a green thumb, though I do adore nature and well-manicured gardens. So all I would have to do is pull a weed from time to time. No problem!
After an unusually warm winter followed by an extremely rainy spring, the rate of growth for plants was exponential. So like a good new “Vermont” gal, I put on my gardening gloves and flowery Vermont boots; it is after all, in the Vermont rule book that you must buy a pair of rubber boots with a bizarre flower pattern on them in order to be accepted into the state. So with my boots on, I got to work weeding.
And weeding, and weeding, and more weeding!
Seriously, it appeared to me that as soon as I pulled one weed, five instantly grew in its place! Over night the growth was overwhelming. Did you know that a simple dandelion can grow to be three feet tall? Don’t even ask how I could have missed it! Needless to say, I needed help.
The battle was on. This time, it’s me against the invasion of the monster weeds! Faced with the challenge of finding a green, non-toxic alternative, I head out and attempt to find a natural solution.
OMG! I had no idea that poison was such big business! There is a poison to kill “every and anything”!
And then… I see it. A natural weed killer. Sold!
I read the directions carefully and apply the solution and then waited… and waited… and waited.
Argh! It’s not working! Do I have to concede that “natural” solutions don’t always work?
Not so fast.
All I really needed to do was talk to a real Vermonter who got me right back on the natural path. I was told that an instant weed killer was nothing more than boiling water, and simply adding a bit of salt to paved areas would guarantee that the weeds wouldn’t grow back!
Okay, maybe some of you knew about this, but to me this was absolutely brilliant! I have lots of water! And boiling it is certainly something this city girl could handle. So I gave it try…
Let me tell you that the results were nothing less than amazing! By dumping a big pot of boiling water on the weeds, I was able to accomplish a lot, fast, with no toxic side-effects.
With the help of this natural weed remedy, my weed situation is 100% under control and my gardens are beautiful. I still have to do some good old fashion weed pulling from time to time, but all and all, the boiling water tip does the trick.
Editor’s note: to target weeds in your lawn, dilute a little vinegar into a spray bottle 😉
Previous articles by Dr. Michelle:
- Macadamia Oil for Healthy Skin and Body
- Studies Prove Sweet Potatoes Heal Stomach Ulcers
- The Truth About Insomnia, Depression and Anxiety
- Are There Natural Cures for ALS?
- The Arrogance of Modern Medicine
- Natural Cure for Depression Silenced?
- The Link Between Stress and Intestinal Parasites – and What to Do About Them
- Arthritis Cure Found in Nature
- The Sun & Skin Cancer: Examining the Truths, Pseudo-Truths & Lies of Mainstream Science
- “Blame It On Your Genes”: the Money-Making Myth of Modern Medicine
- A Natural Cure for Migraines
- Natural Cure for Chronic Pain Syndromes Silenced by the Medical Establishment
About the author:
Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a licensed chiropractor who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. She is life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from autoimmune neurological symptoms and anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter, Founder of the natural health website Online Holistic Health and author of Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession.