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Issue 11.5 ('Weeds')
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Gardening with Xojo

Maintaining your Xojo garden

Issue: 11.5 (September/October 2013)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Starting Page Number: 33
Article Number: 11506
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I must begin by emphasizing that I'm not a gardener. I'm not good at it and I'm not interested in gardening as a sport or hobby. I garden because I like to eat healthy food and I like the idea of growing my own food. My chemist friend lectures me on the pH balance of my soil and my eyes roll back into my head. My professional landscaper aunt speaks the Latin names of all my plants and my spirit dies a little. I don't really care much about gardening per se—I just want to go pluck free food out of the ground.

With that disclaimer, this is not a lesson in gardening. I don't have a clue what I'm doing there!

I have attempted to grow a garden the last few years. I've had modest success, mostly with tomatoes, lettuce, squash, and zucchini. Until this year. This year, it seems, I am growing mostly weeds. I have a Weed Garden. You may think I'm joking, but I kid you not (see Figure 1 for photographic evidence).

What happened is that I tilled under a portion of my existing weedy lawn to make the garden, and those weeds are regenerating. The first year I did this it was fine, and last year there were some weeds, but still plenty of produce. This year, for whatever reason, the weeds are choking out the produce. (I'll probably try building a raised garden bed next year, with imported weed-free dirt.)

But recently, while I was attempting to cull the weeds down a tiny bit, and making little visual progress, I had plenty of time to think. And what I thought about was bugs.

No, not the kind that swiss cheese my lettuce leaves, but the kind that lurk in my code.

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