Left unchecked, this plant would
completely take over the pond.
The period after harvest has also allowed time to clean out the small irrigation pond, which colonised by a type of Ludwigia or water primrose, a non-native, invasive weed from South America. First we must drain out enough water by irrigating the vineyard and orchard so that we can scrape out the roots of the plant. The work is hard, muddy work, and hopefully will not have to be repeated for some time.