Saturday, July 14, 2012
No more wild plum bushes!
At the front of my property, by the road, there sat a big stand of wild plum bushes. You may think this is good for a homesteader, but I had other ideas. The wild plums are very small and not hardly worth pitting to eat. The bushes were interespersed with some very thorny vines, and the wild plums were invasive, popping up everywhere all over the yard.
So when Nancy's husband, Ronnie, borrowed a Bobcat with a bush hogger attachement from work, I asked him to take down those pesky plum bushes. No more scraggly, thorny, bushes to mow around!
Next spring, I plan to put up split rail fencing along the road and line it three deep with various fruit trees. A mini orchard! Taking the plum bushes down gives me more room to plant some fruit I will actually eat! Eventually, I want the entire (nearly two acres) that does not have a building on it to be edible, but I need to start with a blank slate.
And Ronnie let Adam check out the Bobcat. By the way, because it had treads instead of tires, it didn't leave ruts in my yard, which I really appreciated. I still have trouble mowing through all the ruts the power company left with their trucks when they put in the underground power lines.