Four days at OHF

Better try to get into the habit of keeping this up.

Lupinus perennis

Lupines in bloom

Here from Thursday to Sunday. The first two days were great weather, second two much more iffy.

The good news is the potatoes are growing; they are about 5 inches high and bushy. I added some mulch to them.

Red osier dogwood

Red osier dogwood

The hairy beardtongue is in bloom, and many lupines are beginning to come out, and the dogwood and other shrubs are in blossom.

The bad news is that Dog Strangling vine is beginning to appear everywhere. A couple of years ago there were only three patches which I could hope to eradicate. ¬†Now its everywhere: In the path along the big south field, in amongst the pines by the far hydro pole, in the open area at the top of the bank, and along the roadside beside the north field and around the pines at the north end. Its beginning to get into bud so when I see t I pull off the flower head, but there seems to be no hope of winning. I presume that the roadside bank which is now 10% DSV will be 100% DSV in a couple of years. I guess the trees and shrubs I have planted will survive but the native plants stand no chance. That’s sad, because I just found a dozen clumps of blue-eyed grass growing wild by the roadside.

Blue eyed grass

Blue eyed grass

Been using the extractigator to pull up some autumn olives and buckthorns. Now the soil is damp it works well on the right sized shrubs. Really small stuff, a couple of feet tall with a thin trunk is no good as it rips the trunk apart. Shrubs about 2 Р4 feet tall it works well on. Older stuff is too hard and too well rooted. But its hard work, and I dont know if I can win. Can I remove the stuff faster than it grows? Spraying is much easier and quicker, but it leaves a brown dead area all around the buckthorn, which often slowly recovers.

Sprayed a bunch of garlic mustard up by the far hydro pole and it look like it died before it went to seed. Some vines are taking over that space, maybe that is a battle I can win!

Area where garlic mustard was sprayed

Area where garlic mustard was sprayed

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

A new beginning

Every year at about this time I start to make notes about what is growing at Oak Hills Farm.

I also head out into my fields and take hundreds of pictures

Then, after a few months, I stop taking notes, lose the bits of paper, and put the photos, unedited and unlabeled, on my computer hard drive, and leave everything for another year.

Will it be different with this blog? Who knows, only time will tell.