Kate Weeding Wednesday Warriors  Seán


Down at the base of Humm Hill, in a small field ringed by poplars, pines, and maples, among other flora, we've been spending a lot of this season working towards restoring native biodiversity. The work can easily consume half a day, but always brings a deeply rewarding sense of satisfaction as our efforts quickly reveal native seedlings and sprouts which have been waiting patiently for the sun to reach them. On this Weeding Wednesday, we thought we'd take a moment to share a glimpse of this process.

Invasives? in the pile: Sticky Willy Stinky Bob Oxeye Daisy Daphne Himalayan Blackberry English Holly English Ivy Creeping and Tall Buttercups

To provide room for the growth of native plants, such as: Various ferns Trailing blackberry Oregon Grape Black Twinberry Snowberry Baby pine & maple trees

Young Oregon Grape (Mahonia) finding space to grow

Meanwhile, higher up the hill, scotch broom continues to wind its way deep into rock crevices where it can be very difficult to reach & remove:

A terrestrial bird's eye view:

In addition to rapidly crowding out native biodiversity and posing a fire hazard, broom also draws attention to the complicated histories of invasive plants and their cultural implications. With each invasive pulled, we are slowly working our way toward understanding and rectifying some of the deep damage left in the wake of these events.