Weeding weather

This middle week of winter has been wet, wet, wet. We can’t prune when rain is looming as it increases the risk of our cherry trees becoming diseased. Damo tells me the rain carries bacteria that’s always present on the limbs (like pseudomosis) down onto the pruning ‘wound’ and canker can result. So we’ve been weeding around the trees instead. We are rehabilitating 4 rows which had become derelict. This work won’t yield returns financially for a couple of years. But we’re really enjoying bringing these trees back from their state of near ruin. Hand weeding is hard work but I for one prefer it to spraying which was the previous weed eradication strategy on the farm. Out with poison, in with love and effort.
Here’s some weeding before, during and after.

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