Friday, July 15, 2011

waging war!

I haven't been on the computer much this week. We've been outside every day (when it isn't pouring rain, that is...), waging war on a sneaky pest that is trying to take over my back pasture.

That pest is the Canadian Thistle.

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It's identified as a "noxious weed" here in Colorado... and noxious is an excellent word to describe it... before you even realize what is happening, it can spread and take over a whole pasture!

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I'm trying to get them all pulled (or chopped off) before the flowers to go seed. With the kid's help we are making good progress... there is only one not-too-big sized patch of them left on the property.  (They had been growing in the low spots... the bottom of the gully, the dry lake bed, etc.)

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This pile in the driveway is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we've pulled and chopped... We've got about twice a much still down in the gully waiting to be hauled up.

Except for these thistles (which are almost gone), the pastures are just beautiful right now... filled with wildflowers. M even found one today that smelled like cherry lifesavers. (He said it tasted like a cherry lifesaver too, and then I reminded him not to eat plants that he doesn't know... for sure... are food!)

Oh... the rain has stopped... time to head back outside and pull a few more of these miserable, stickery, things!

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