weeding rampage against garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). I’m also continuing the removal of some thuggish ground covers I planted years ago, a task I set as one of my New Year’s garden resolutions.

In both cases, as I pull and dig, I try a little positive reinforcement: I remind myself that I’m making room for a few strategically chosen adoptees.

Margaret Roach is creator of the website and podcast A Way to Garden, and a book of the same name.

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