We had a fantastic day yesterday battling the broom on my friend’s property! Broom is an invasive (read: evil) weed and VERY hard to get rid of. My friend’s are unlucky to have 13 acres of Broom which has had the last 15 years to take over. My friend’s own and borrowed two more Extractigators to help remove the vile weed. You have to try this tool to believe how amazing it is. It was almost easy to remove the broom. Well it was easy but there was just so darn much of it. We widened the driveway and cleared the house and large garden site (in total about 400-500 square metres) in about six hours. It’s going to take a few more Broom busting parties and years of ongoing work to rid the land of it completely.
Working the fire to burn the Broom. This pile was only the tip of the iceberg:
Eating some delicious lunch and the Broom smoking away (it was a tad wet):
We found a ton of worms in the churned up dirt and even some larval beetles hibernating (?). After a thorough examination we buried them carefully back in the dirt.
Playing under a monstrous malevolent Broom. Yes, that’s a real saw in Leif’s hands. He didn’t seem to understand our telling him that you pull Broom in the winter and cut it when it blooms. Ah well, he had good intentions.
This is the baby deer skeleton that I talked about the last time we were at the property. The girls had moved and played with the bones both times but when we first found it the skeleton looked perfectly intact and laying as if the little deer lay down and died without ever being disturbed by anything bigger than bugs.
The ribs and vertebra are still in place in the top right of the picture below but covered a bit by leaves and dirt. I wish I got a better picture.
We had to get a picture of all of us at the end of the day when we were all sweaty, filthy and generally dishevelled. Boy, did we sleep good that night! It was such a rewarding day.
Afterwards we headed back to our friend’s for an exceedingly welcome roasted veggie and quinoa supper and to warm up in front of the fire.
The company and conversation made the night.
If YOU would like to take part in the next Broom busting don’t hesitate to say so! Ha! Lunch and supper’s on me!