Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 20, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  over 1 year ago

    Are you growing weeds, or are you growing weed?

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    BasilBruce  over 1 year ago

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

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    alaskajohn1  over 1 year ago

    Sounds like my yard for the last 20 years

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    Gent  over 1 year ago

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

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I appreciate Rat’s new interest in agricolture.

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    Ratkin  over 1 year ago

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

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    Johnny Q Premium Member over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

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

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    Kind&Kinder  over 1 year ago

    “Il faut cultiver notre jardin.” —Voltaire

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    Kind&Kinder  over 1 year ago

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

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    djlactin  over 1 year ago

    I kept having to pull roses from my weed patch.

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    AndreasMartin  over 1 year ago

    If it causes too much bother, smoke it.

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    Concretionist  over 1 year 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  over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

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

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    SNVBD  over 1 year 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  over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

    Those aren’t weeds. They’re flowers.

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    tripwire45  over 1 year ago

    It would save a lot of work.

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    akachman Premium Member over 1 year ago

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

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    SusieB  over 1 year ago

    Some weeds, like dandelions, are pretty

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    PBS1!  over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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  over 1 year 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  over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

    Miss Peach called. Arthur wants his weed patch back.

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    Bookworm  over 1 year 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  over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

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

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    raybarb44  over 1 year ago

    Keeps a garden simple……

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    Linguist  over 1 year 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  over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

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

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    dsom8  over 1 year 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 (I'm back again and I am the real one)  over 1 year ago

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

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    marilynnbyerly  over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

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

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    Troglodyte  over 1 year ago

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

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    kaycstamper  over 1 year ago

    Works for me! :D

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    willie_mctell  over 1 year ago

    Call them native plants.

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    asrialfeeple  over 1 year ago

    ♪ ♫ He likes weeds ♪ ♫

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    ScottHolman  over 1 year 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  over 1 year ago

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

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    oakie817  over 1 year ago

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

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    Jayneknox  over 1 year ago

    Some weeds are tasty. Purslane, dandelions, oxalis…

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    Pointspread  over 1 year ago

    That’s funny!

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

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

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    Purple-Stater Premium Member over 1 year ago

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

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    wordsmeet  over 1 year ago

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

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