The Mormon Bishop Stopped By My Garden Today... Apr 18, 2015 2:32:28 GMT -5
Post by Joseph on Apr 18, 2015 2:32:28 GMT -5
I think that the Mormon Bishop stopped by my field today. If I ID'd him correctly, this is the same guy that sprayed herbicides on his place last summer, and they blew across his place, and across my field, and across a road, and killed the grain in another farmer's field. This is the same guy that has a bunch of young kids that often play outside on the poisoned lawn. I don't know how he treats his garden, but I suspect that if he is so cavalier about poisons on the lawn that he sprays the garden with pesticides in like manner.
Anyway, he asked me if he could till my field because it has things growing in it already... I guess he doesn't appreciate cover crops. After he left, I was shocked, shocked, shocked at myself that I said OK. What was I thinking??? In my right mind I'd say that he aughta be minding his own business... Oh well, I like the guy, and it's easy to do things to please guys that I like. So now I gotta till that field the very day it dries out enough to till, before he gets around to it... I suppose that he thinks that my garden might make a weed seed that would blow over into his garden. But with all the poisons he sprays it's a wonder that anything at all survives on his place... The weed species in the field he was asking about are different than any other in any of my fields. Many of them aren't even in my vocabulary they are so unusual. I wonder if years worth of spraying poisons across the fence has created a custom weed profile in my field that is perfectly adapted to avoiding and/or resisting the herbicides and methods that he uses? I wonder how many herbicide-resistant varieties of weeds that he has created? I have always hated mowing the lawn, partly because I am allergic to grass, but mostly because of the violence that is threatened against me if I don't... Lucky for me that I don't live in places that require grass-only lawns.
But then that's always been one of my pet peeves... People that criticize others for having wildflowers (dandelions, clover, or violets) in their lawns when grass-only lawns require heavy and repeated applications of poisons. Seems to me like the smartest people in town have wildflowers in their lawns. I just realized that I only hang out with people that have wildflowers in their lawns even though that is a small minority in my community.
So that got me thinking about Mormons and poisons... One of the members of the bishop's flock brought me a flyer a few years ago that was distributed to the local congregation. It contained a recommendation to prepare ground for planting gardens by first spraying it heavily with weed killer, and then to use ample pesticides during the growing season. That was really upsetting to the member who brought the pamphlet to me. I heard other grumblings at about that time that the church shouldn't be promoting poisoning the Earth. Ha! Makes me wish that I had paid more attention in Sunday School to the ethics of using poisons.
So I don't know if this post has much to do with bishops or mormons, other than the visit triggered me to feel like whining about all the poisons being dumped into my community.