cleaning

it’s unprecedented this late that I would be tidying up and mowing on November 19 of any year…but it was and I did and enough mice moved out from in front of me to justify having done so…giving better access to cats and coyotes to keep the place clean and rodent free…

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…and there were still a few strings of netting to be gathered…amidst large clumps of ice…that will melt indoors…and then the netting dried in our shop…

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…although I am not thoroughly convinced that winter is fully here…yet…which is quite unusual this late, even as the arrival of spring was equally as unexpected.

mowing honeyberries

Several years ago a farmer ripped out his Berry Blue using a tractor.  These were passed on to me.  They had gone dormant and were planted in our orchard the first week of November…

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These plants proved viable the next year, but only on a few branches.  The following two years they remained the same with no new shoots…

Last fall I mowed the entire row…

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This year new shoots emerged…

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I will mow them again soon.  Rick Sawatzky says this will further increase their vigour next year.

Another experiment is under way…how fun!