Big Ag and I decided to spend this weekend working on the property, weeding and removing some zombie butterfly bushes. Why "zombie" you say? Well, because they weren't quite alive, but also not completely dead.
They were also huge. Which meant we needed to use his Jeep and his winch to pull the plants out.
This was a win/win, because Big Ag loves to play around in his Jeep, and I love the times when that useless, several-hundred-pounds-of-decaying-yellow-metal hulk can do something useful, other than adorn our driveway with its persistent oil leak and rusting parts.
I am talking about the Jeep right now, just to clarify that. Big Ag does not leak oil (yet).
Anyway, I now have two empty holes in the ground, which means I can do some plant shopping. This will not be edible landscape I'm looking for, but rather something that will benefit the wildlife in the area, specifically butterflies, bees and birds. So one hole is going to get a cottonwood tree, and the other will get some kind of native, flowering plant or flowering small tree.
I think it's important that, along with feeding ourselves, we also feed the winged creatures that rely on the nectar and protective covering that some types of landscape can provide. It's important to share the land. So this is definitely a project that will be pleasurable to do, and I can't wait to see something green and growing in the space where the zombies once stood.