04 September 2011
The Little Blackberry Bush That Could
One of our favorite methods of cleaning? Burn it! Thank goodness Iowa allows country folk to use controlled fire as a way to keep weeds and brush under control. It is extremely effective and if done in the proper way under ideal conditions, it barely requires any work on the part of the supervisor.
The garden was in need of some "deep cleaning" so we waited for a mild day and gathered our supplies--rakes, buckets of water, a hose and a box of matches.
It took no more than a few minutes for the flames to consume the dehydrated vegetation. The fire was so effective that it burned down the weak little blackberries.
This story has a happy ending though. While one blackberry bush didn't survive the scorching heat, the other petite blackberry bush had a can do attitude. Bit by bit, green growth sprouted and the bush revived. He was eventually removed and given his own spot on the top of a sloping hill by the driveway.
And now he's not so little anymore.
He's not alone either. A few other "friends" have joined him.