Freeing the Strawberries

I just spent the entire weekend freeing roughly 600 strawberry plants from Henbit (Lamium amplexcaule) that is winding it’s way throughout the strawberries making it rather difficult to remove the henbit rooting system without damaging our strawberries.   I just took a package of frozen strawberries out of the freezer so that I remember just why one would spend two days crawling along the ground trying to remove the weeds from the strawberries.  . I will certainly enjoy a few unfrozen, wonderfully sweet berries then perhaps a smoothie.  I am praying that we have a decent crop this year because last year we experienced a late frost and drought conditions resulting in a reduced yield.  At the moment the leaves are very brown perhaps from the cold weather when we had temperatures hovering around 5 degrees for a few days.
One thing about winter weeding, I don’t feel the need to push myself like in summer when 4 acres of crops need weeding, because we only have an eighth of an acre to maintain between strawberries and garlic..  It is nice to go at a slow pace and enjoy the crows, bluebirds, and beautiful mountains!

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