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HOW TO CLEAR AWAY A BIG PATCH OF WEED BUSHES IF YOU ARE SCARED OF BUGS AND STUFF

The unknown is one of the most terrifying things in the world. Possibly because we can’t see it. We are in the dark. Reaching your arm into a bunch of plants to clear them out is pretty scary. Who knows what is living in there. But we learn from Dumbledore: “You know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.”

So instead of being paralyzed by the thought of weird bugs flying out at you, let’s turn on the light.

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The secret is to start on the outside, and just start cutting what you can see. It will start to thin out, and you’ll be able to see more and more.

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As you see more, you will feel a bit more comfortable with pulling and clipping, and you can work your way down to the base and roots. It will take some time, but you can do it!

VINE REMOVAL

After the great tree falling incident of April 2014, we are very aware about the health of trees. Early in the summer, we noticed a groot-like vine creeping through the trees, growing stronger by the day. Thankfully, we made some strategic cuts that were able to stop it, but it still left our tree a little funky looking in some spots. You can see the traces of its crispy dead vine body up in the leaves.

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But due to its groot abilities to re-grow, the vine creeps through our side gate, once again asserting its power, slowly trapping us inside. The vine holds on tight, the tentacles very firm in their misguided convictions.

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Super hero gate defender to the rescue. After a few snips, our freedom will be restored.

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SCENES FROM AROUND THE FARM

1. We did a transplant of the pumpkins, zucchini, and melon to make room for the tarp. We knew there was a 90% chance they might not make it, but it was a save the many situation. One of the pumpkins is doing pretty well, so not all is lost.

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2. Our tomato plants are making a final push. They have really been good sports about August. We even got a couple cute peppers to add to salads.

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3. There are so many fancy hamburgers out there. The classic burger will always be #1 to us. Our unofficial ranking of hamburgers in Austin is coming soon.

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4. We have been stealing snippets of hens and chicks from my mom, but we have a heck of a time trying to get them to grow. Its probably a bit of a climate shock. But this one started to grow a friend, and I couldn’t be more happy for them to have each other.

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5. It rained. Thank goodness we decided to trust the weatherman and not put on the sprinkler the night before. We would have looked so dumb.

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