I have a little weed torch story that is almost unrelated to its effectiveness as a weedkiller.
My garden for about 6 years was above the river at the very back of a series of properties of a few acres each. Exurbia . . . but, a very nice location for a garden
Anyway, I never saw the neighbor lady. She evidently mowed her back 1/2 acre of grass/weeds when I wasn't around.
One day, towards sundown, I showed up with a propane torch I'd borrowed from Dad. Up and down the paths I went as the sun began to set off in the west. I soon realized that the neighbor lady was on her back deck, pacing back and forth, watching me
. For about 30 minutes she walked her post with something of a frantic intensity!
After the experience, she regularly showed up on her lawn mower while I was in the garden. I had never seen her before that day but she kept a close eye on me from then on. Also, she did a better job mowing her weeds. I didn't bother to use the torch again.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks