when I moved it, I started reclaiming the section of 'gardening space'
next to the house. These were fallow sections, with an odd assortment
of flower bulbs that were in weird places and a lot of grass. I could
barely see the walkway between the two raised beds. Granted, this is a
rental house but how could I possibly NOT use them?
at the end of these beds was a HUGE nasty, mean and thoroughly
entrenched blackberry, one of the sorts that makes you understand why
they are the bane of the PNW. I figured, go ahead and clear what I
could and then cut it back, at the very least. No way, there *is* also
a nest of yellowjackets, who knows how long they have been there!
the organic gardener I am, and having turned rather a bit of the soil
already and seeing all the 'wonderful' (note sarcasm) grubs that were
here and there...I had an odd idea. I left the yellowjackets alone!
They eat grubs so we had an understanding, I leave you alone, you leave
me alone :D That worked out great, I think there was only one time I
went around the corner and thought, hey...not today...not going in
there! Otherwise, we were out there all the time so it balanced well
and I didn't have to go through the trouble of wiping out an entire
colony, haha. I know...yellowjackets, and ground ones at that, the kind
that if it stung my Mom, she would be dead...but still, didn't want to
kill them, especially since they were such a help in the end.
know they are still there, but they are hibernating so I went ahead and
did the clearing. I really don't know exactly were they are, I am not
sure they are actually in the garden itself but maybe in some bushes
that are very thick at the end, which is actually the top of a rockery
beside our very steep and very narrow (pretty much the Seattle norm)
driveway. Guess we will find out when it warms up! I really need to
take pics, still have one somewhere I can dig up to show where I
stopped digging last year.
cutting that blackberry, I started cutting sections and tossing them
back in the yard waste...and cutting...and cutting. The grass was long
enough that when it died out for winter there were a couple sections
that I just pulled it up with NO weeds below. Of course where there
were weeds they were seriously there, and then the bulb thing.
Shouldn't you have a rhyme or reason to placement? No...that was what
whoever had put these in thought :D
best thing was, in the corner I *think* the yellowjackets might be,
under that blackberry from Hades...was a 2-3 foot tall Rosemary.
Healthy, happy...and I had a chicken in the fridge so I went out to get
some rosemary, thyme and a handful of parsley and stuffed them all into
the chicken. So, lot of work, but immediate benefits. I will try to get
some pics later, it has been raining pretty much ever since I was out
there (started sprinkling while I was still out there but needed coffee