This Sunday I spent all of naptime clearing out the black raspberry bed with a pair of scissors, my trusty gloves (R.I.P.), and a couple of other little yard tools. Luckily, I had picked up a new pair of gloves on clearance at the end of last season because these are no longer useful. I do still have my thumb somehow but, as you can see, it was close.
The brown stuff all around the bed is the mess I cut away and pulled out. It looks so much better now. Some sort of strange groundcover is taking over the space so that's really nice. It doesn't seem to interfere with the vines but it is keeping the grass away. I probably won't have to deal with this space again for a few more weeks. There is nothing better than warm berries right off the vine. Berry was one of Zadie's first words. I can't wait for them just to see her face.