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August 31, 2016

Weed-eating

It's weed season again and we are starting to harvest the biomass.

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The vast majority of our year here is dry, and the land is generally brown. However, once the rains start in June/July, the whole vista undergoes an amazing change. Everything gets green and our property seems to explode with growth. And somehow it always takes us by surprise, year after year.

Each day, we cut weeds for the rabbits, poultry, and pigs, but that doesn’t even make a dent. We try and keep on top of the weeding, but we always get behind. So this weekend, we started attacking the weeds with a vengeance. We cut a bunch with a scythe, and all around the paths and road with a weed-eater. It’ll take a while to get through it all, but little by little we’ll get there.

Some of the weeds are left in place to nourish the soil, some we compost to use in the garden, and then the rest we dry, or chip and turn into silage, for the animals to eat during winter. The amount of biomass that is produced is staggering. In a way, we wish it was like this year-round, but on the other hand, that sounds like a lot of work!

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