Saturday, 20 July 2019 by Obiora Embry
Trimmed plants for pathway leading to two acres using a hoe, machete, and cordless weed eater. Added Sea Salt to the Japanese Honeysuckle growing along the entrance to our two acres. Worked on creating paths elsewhere on the two acres leading from the large barren area, up to the Elderberries, and up to the Smooth and Winged Sumacs in the northern brush pile. This is a start and more work will be done to continue making paths to maneuver.
I saw some blackberries that were ripe and unripe in the southern brush pile and elsewhere but did not harvest any. Cut back some of the dead canes, diseased wild grapes, and dead roses in the northern part of the southern brush pile. In the northeast I broadcasted Boneset. In the southwest (north of the southern brush pile) I broadcasted Sawtooth Sunflower and White Prairie Clover. In the southeast I broadcasted Purple Prairie Clover, False Sunflower, and Gray Goldenrod. In the southwest and to the west of the southern brush pile I broadcasted Wild Blue Lupine.
I see more Purple Coneflowers growing in the southeast along the forest edge. I noticed that most of the Sumacs growing out of the brush piles are Winged/Dwarf Sumac. There are a lot of Winged/Dwarf Sumac blooms and the Smooth Sumac fruit looks like they may be about through for the year. I harvested some for an Infused Water and may try to harvest more tomorrow morning. I ate some of the mint growing near the northern brush pile and took photographs of some of the pollinators on them.
One of the Flowering Dogwoods looks pretty good. The other one is dying and should be moved to see if it’s just the location that is causing it to die. Found what I think is Bald Cypress near the Flowering Dogwoods. Two of the Common Milkweeds transplanted by Ajani have babies.
Took cuttings of two wild roses growing near Hickory and Persimmons to west of the northwestern part of the southern brush pile. Put into water and will see if it will root.
Harvested Smooth Sumac berries from northern brush pile. Broadcasted the following:
- Rosemallow and Lance Leaved Goldenrod to the north of the southern brush pile;
- Bergamot and Showy Milkweed southeast of the large barren area;
- Spicebush along the northeastern forest edge;
- Eastern Redbud, Bursting‐Heart, and New Jersey Tea to the north of the northern brush pile;
- Virginia Wild Rye, Maximilian Sunflower, and Downy Sunflower along the western edge of the northern brush pile;
- and Flowering Dogwood in the northeast along the forest edge.
Took more photographs. Found the Hoary Mountain Mint and more Common Persimmons, Hickories, Yarrow, and Winged Sumac.