Dear Farm Journal,

This Friday was a day of beating back the eager weeds and revealing neat rows of tiny vegetable sprouts. I find the first round of weeding to be the one that requires the most meticulous care, but is also the most important. In the sprouting stages of life, many vegetables and weeds look quite similar, especially to a rookie like me who hasn’t weeded in a while. I move methodically down the row, squatting, standing, and kneeling as my legs work their way back into summer shape. I examine each row of plants and pluck out the weeds that don’t belong. Before long, my eyes adjust to a higher level of plant identification and I more easily determine what needs to be pulled up. At the end of each row, I look up at the plants, satisfied in my unique Capricorn way with the beauty of the bed.


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