|Loading rejected hay into truck with blackberry brambles.|
October: Vineyard Cleanup
October is one of our busiest months. We clean out the invasive Himalayan blackberries that have sprouted by the small pond and take them, along with the organic hay we bought two years ago—and our goats refused to eat—to the county composting facility. The organic hay has weed seeds in it that we do not want to propagate, and the mound of blackberries has thorns. In the Biodynamic style of composting, the compost may not get hot enough to destroy weed seeds, but it also preserves nutrients.