Why do weeds grow so fast?
The weeds that grow in your neighborhood are at home. They are wild plants, and their ancestors have lived right there for ages. Year by year they have grown used to the soil and the weather of the changing seasons. They thrive because they are suited to their surroundings. As a rule, the wild plants have only a few months of friendly weather, and they must make the best of this growing season. Often their seeds have only two or three months to sprout, grow to their full size, produce blossoms and seeds for the next generations. The weeds that cannot grow fast enough to keep up with the seasons fail to survive. They produce no seeds and you do not find them growing in your neighborhood. A few weed seeds always manage to invade our gardens. Here they share the pam¬pered lives of our favorite plants and flowers. They relish the richer soil and enjoy the extra water we sprinkle around during the dry weather. Naturally, weeds that managed to survive the hardships of the wilds do even bette
Most of the wild weeds have but a short while to do their growing. They start as seeds, and in a few summer months they must be grown and ready to make more seeds. The soil may be poor, and there is no one to plant their seeds or water them when there is no rain. Weeds must be very tough plants to get along in the wilds. Every young person loves to grow a row of beans. You choose the seeds and set them in rich garden soil and watch and water them. They have a much easier time than the wild weeds, but as a rule the weeds are tougher plants. When their seeds land in the garden they often grow faster than the beans. The weeds can out do the beans in the garden, and, sad to say, our pampered beans could not live as the weeds do in the wilds.