If the ground is soft it is no problem pulling out this problem plant.  But you can have sore fingers if the ground is hard.  It’s good to use a hoe sometimes but then you have numerous extra pieces to clean up and the dirt is all mixed with is and some of the weeds get hid in the dirt and some of the roots get chopped off and are still in the ground to just start growing some more leaves. 


























      If the plants are pulled out with the fingers, then you can get the whole thing all at once.  This process can be compared to eradicating sin from the life.  If we just chop here and there at a portion of sin and get pieces of it out, the parts that are left keep getting worse and never go away. 










     To get rid of sin in the life a decided effort has to be put forth to be rid of the whole thing, every drop, or it will continue to grow and ruin the life for eternity for there is not one speck of sin that will enter the glorious kingdom of God.

     The garden is a full lesson book from the Lord for us to learn from.

     Of course, there are different kinds of portulaca that have pretty flowers and will make the flowerbed special.


 "The castor-oil plant is so universally detested by the whole of the animal world that no bird, beast, or creeping thing will touch one. It seems to be a rank poison to all kinds of animals; even a goat will starve before biting off a leaf, and a horse will sniff at it and turn up his upper lip as if it had the most detestable odour on the face of the earth. Army worms and the locust pass it by, though they will eat every other green thing in sight, and there is no surer way to drive moles away from a lawn than to plant a few castor beans here and there. Even the tobacco worm will refuse to be fed on its leaves. The castor-oil plant varies in size in different countries, being seldom seen in this country more than 3ft. or 4ft. in height, while in India it grows to be a good-sized tree. Clusins mentioned it in Spain as measuring from 2ft. to 4ft. in circumference.  

Yet the oil of this same plant is given to people, and especially to children, all over the world-in civilised countries. No doubt the writer of the preceding paragraph thinking that he was sinning against the helpless one. "Man's inhumanity to man" must be a cause of mourning among the angels in heaven. When will people learn that dosing themselves with poisonous or nauseating-substances is not the way of life."

September 21, 1899 EJW, PTUK 606