It seems like we start a new garden patch every year. Last year it was the View Patch. This year we are helping our neighbors tackle the jungle of blackberries that has taken over their backyard. It’s a win-win: they get rid of the blackberries that were just about to engulf the whole place, house and all; and we get to plant vegetables in the cleared space.
Again, the kama sickle was the perfect tool for the clearing job. Followed by the pick-axe to dig up the blackberry crowns. And a final pass with the garden fork to remove the smaller roots and loosen the soil. The reward for our labor: a beautiful planting bed for our 2013 potato crop.