Is Bozeman ready to party? It’s Weed Appreciation Day.

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I was looking at my daily calendar and noticed that today is “Weed Appreciation Day”.

I’ll be honest, I was all set to tell the story of when I was 18 and my homie and I got our hands on some stuff from the dude we were working with at the time, but then I realized it was not the type of “weed” that is supposed to be enjoyed today.

So we’ll save that story for another day.

No, this is not an article about “hippie lettuce”, we are actually talking about real weeds. The kind that can absolutely ruin the look of an otherwise perfect lawn. The horrible little monsters that grow 2 feet in just under 3 hours. Those nasty little creatures that grow between cracks in curbs and sidewalks.

I mean, is there even a purpose for weed?

Photo by Valentin Sirbu on Unsplash
Photo by Valentin Sirbu on Unsplash

What I can tell you is that here in Montana we have several varieties of “noxious weeds”. So, let’s say you’re not a weed nerd and have no idea what “harmful weed” is, don’t feel bad, neither do I. However, after a quick Google search, I found this on Wikipedia.

“A bad grass, noxious weeds Where noxious weeds is a weed that has been designated by an agricultural or other authority as injurious to agricultural or horticultural crops, natural habitats or ecosystems, humans or livestock. »

So, in simple terms, it’s a weed.

Here in Montana we have a number of our own “noxious weeds”. In fact, some are actually quite beautiful in appearance. If you want more information on all the different weeds you can find in the state, Montana State University Extension has a great website with a ton of information. In fact, you can check it out here.

Photo by Chandler Cruttenden on Unsplash
Photo by Chandler Cruttenden on Unsplash

So, are there any good weeds?

Well, here’s the problem I keep having, when I type “what’s a good weed” into Google, it keeps coming back to “hippie lettuce”. So as far as I can tell it seems like most weeds are bad. So, I have no idea why we have a “Weed Appreciation Day”, however, we do and today is when we celebrate it.

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