...and the thistles won. Sigh.
So much for the miracle vinegar cure. Or maybe I didn't give it enough time. In any case, I'm on plan B. Plan B involves a weed whacker and long extension cord. And persistence. I haven't given up yet.
I picked about 5 pounds of sour cherries a couple days ago and spent most of one evening taking the pits out and freezing them. I'm pretty obsessive about making sure each cherry is cut in half and pitted before being washed and frozen. A friend told me that she went to someone's house and picked sweet cherries. She said she'd pick one, eat one, pick one, eat one, etc., until she had a full bucket. She took them home and started pitting them and found that nearly every single one had a worm in it. Yuck, yuck, yuck!!!!
Let's see...what else has happened in the last couple weeks? Oh! The chicken coop is upright again and moved closer to the barn. My son spent a couple evenings trying to drag it across the field. It survived. For the most part. <grin>
I've picked strawberries a couple times, but they are puny and odd shaped. I'm not sure why. Must be some deficiencies in the soil. I need to throw some more compost on that area. Maybe when they are done for the year, I'll clean out the chicken coop and see if that helps them. I need to put some straw down, too. They don't call 'em strawberries for nothing!
The peaches are absolutely loaded this year. Last year I got one peach total. This year is a bumper crop on every single tree. Even the apples look good. Last year I got one or two. I think most of the trees must be four or five years old now. They were planted the year I bought the land. It sure doesn't seem like that long ago!!!
Cabin update....plans are to have the siding finished up the weekend after next. My son promised to come out and finish it up for me. All that is left is the high part of the gable ends. The peak is about 26'....which is about 20' higher than I like being off the ground after that basement fiasco a year or so ago. I borrowed a tractor and moved dirt around. The field is a bit rough and there are low spots now, but I've got plenty of dirt around the basement walls now. <grin> I just need to get out the tiller and try to level it out now. It looks like I have a colony of giant groundhog burrows around my house right now.
It will be awhile before I can afford to put in a sidewalk, and even longer before I can build a deck or porch so if you have any creative ideas, pass them along!