Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 20, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    Are you growing weeds, or are you growing weed?

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    BasilBruce  5 months ago

    Sing along with Basil: “Dandelion don’t tell no lies . . .”

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    alaskajohn1  5 months ago

    Sounds like my yard for the last 20 years

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    Gent  5 months ago

    It isn’t illegal where you’re at, eh, Rat?

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 5 months ago

    I appreciate Rat’s new interest in agricolture.

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    Ratkin  5 months ago

    As long as you keep it watered and mowed it just looks like lawn.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 5 months ago

    The way I look at it, a garden’s primary purpose is to grow weeds for composting; everything else is a by-product!

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    ronaldspence  5 months ago

    A weed is just a plant you don’t want somewhere…

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    Kind&Kinder  5 months ago

    “Il faut cultiver notre jardin.” —Voltaire

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    Kind&Kinder  5 months ago

    Translation of the above, from Candide , “One must cultivate one’s own garden.”

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    djlactin  5 months ago

    I kept having to pull roses from my weed patch.

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    AndreasMartin  5 months ago

    If it causes too much bother, smoke it.

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    Concretionist  5 months ago

    A weed is a plant that thrives where you don’t want it. A decorative plant is one that REFUSES to thrive where you want it (at least if I’m the gardener). I have tried over and over to get Spouse to accept that “thrive” is more important than “where I want it”. No success.

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    franki_g  5 months ago

    I’ve been tempted, but sadly if I do then their windy tendrils, blow-y about seeds and underground root mazes find their ways into the neighbor’s yards

    and I’m not quite Republican enough to call that an entitlement of Ma Freedumb

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 5 months ago

    Oddly enough, I intentionally maintain a small, flourishing weed patch. High fiber weeds, requiring a long digestion period, are exactly the diet my little vegan Mediterranean tortoise prefers and needs. (Fresh fruits and vegetables can actually make him sick if given as a regular diet.) I’ve had him since he hatched in October, 2007.

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    iggyman  5 months ago

    Rat ought to know weeds, he is the crabgrass in the lawn of life!

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    SNVBD  5 months ago

    Why bother pulling weeds? Does your grass really has to be exactly 6 mm long and free of dandelions and stuff? Like a green billiard sheet?

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    Purple People Eater  5 months ago

    Growing weeds (not weed) isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Many weeds are edible or useful in other ways. For example, chickweed is quite good. It doesn’t grow in America, but there’s a weed that people here absolutely hate, because it’s so hard to get rid of. It’s called “northern dock”, and the young leaves are good in salads ( Clover can be used to make tea, and dandelion flowers are used to make wine. And let’s not forget the medicinal value of many weeds.

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    Ellis97  5 months ago

    Those aren’t weeds. They’re flowers.

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    tripwire45  5 months ago

    It would save a lot of work.

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    akachman Premium Member 5 months ago

    My garden is sandy dirt. It’s a desert oasis.

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    SusieB  5 months ago

    Some weeds, like dandelions, are pretty

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    PBS1!  5 months ago

    Goat should be glad Rat has found an interest other than exploiting others for money. So what if it involves weeds?

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 5 months ago

    Gallagher had it right: “If you water and fertilize a plant, and it dies, it’s a flower. If you pull it out, and it grows back, IT’S A WEED!”

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    dalemcginnis  5 months ago

    The definition of a weed is any plant growing where you don’t want it, therefore Rat has no weeds.

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    omegasupreme  5 months ago

    well there really is no such thing as a weed. A weed is simpley any plant growing where you do not want it. So if i have a sunflower in my rose garden that sunflower is a weed.

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member 5 months ago

    Miss Peach called. Arthur wants his weed patch back.

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    Bookworm  5 months ago

    Observe a three or four year old child discovering a dandelion for the first time; either the dazzling yellow bloom, or the ball of downy seeds. You’d think they’d discovered the rarest treasure in all the world.

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    ChristineMurphy  5 months ago

    What most people call weeds, I call indigenous species. For me, a weed is a plant that I don’t want growing in that specific spot, and sometimes means a rose bush that I don’t want my dogs to get tangled in.

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    Nyckname Premium Member 5 months ago

    Wouldn’t Goat just eat them? Along with pretty much everything else growing in the yard?

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    raybarb44  5 months ago

    Keeps a garden simple……

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    Linguist  5 months ago

    When I lived in Arizona, I had a natural lanscaped lawn. Anything that had a flower on it was definitely a weed or a cactus.

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    Goat from PBS  5 months ago

    Those are some really short sunflowers I’m growing. A lot of work, but it’s worth it.

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    Mr. Snuffles  5 months ago

    I live in Colorado, so I could legally drop the s from weeds.

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    dsom8  5 months ago

    Anyone remember the cartoonist that did a comic about giving weeds instead of flowers? The gag was that weeds are much more honest in expressing the giver’s true emotions toward the recipient. (I could see Nick @Galifianakis using this.)

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    IG-88  5 months ago

    What a choice of “flower” mouse. So inspiring.

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    marilynnbyerly  5 months ago

    I have large chunks of my garden set aside for wild plants like milkweed, food for Monarch butterflies. These plants seem to be the only things the deer and groundhogs won’t destroy.

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    Wizard4168  5 months ago

    You call it a “weed”, I call it a “hardy perennial”.

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    Troglodyte  5 months ago

    Rat is the weed we’d rather not have to deal with.

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    kaycstamper  5 months ago

    Works for me! :D

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    willie_mctell  5 months ago

    Call them native plants.

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    asrialfeeple  5 months ago

    ♪ ♫ He likes weeds ♪ ♫

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    ScottHolman  5 months ago

    Hey, weeds are just a label. They have stems and green leaves just like any other plant, and they’re quite hardy and easy to cultivate. Most have small cute flowers. The yellow flowers from the Dandy lions in my yard on a spring morning are breath taking.

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    wolfboy oz boy  5 months ago

    i think the weeds are growing by them self (that is a bad greden)

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    oakie817  5 months ago

    if i had a garden, it would be full of weeds

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    Jayneknox  5 months ago

    Some weeds are tasty. Purslane, dandelions, oxalis…

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    Pointspread  5 months ago

    That’s funny!

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    Sisyphos  5 months ago

    I do, Rat. Growing weeds is actually a smart, sane, sustainable ploy!

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    Purple-Stater Premium Member 5 months ago

    If you’re trying to grow it, then it’s not a weed.

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    wordsmeet  4 months ago

    I bet Rat’s growing varieties of weed. Hence, weeds.

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