We have been planting more and more elderberry bushes along the steep hillside and around the perimeter of the lower pond. Last fall, we got behind with weed-whipping and a lot of wild brambles started growing up around the elderberries.
This weekend, we thoroughly weeded between all the elderberries, and then added a very heavy layer of wood chips to subdue all weeds and retain moisture. It looks very “landscaped”, but we hope that it will be easier to maintain this season. (The forsythia is marking the corner of the elderberry patch) Hoping for a small elderberry harvest this year!!