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I braved the mosquitoes and headed back to examine the damage.  Good news - there's no doubt where that particular wheelbarrow of detritus landed.  Bad news - it looks like I... how did Mel put it?... turned loose a 500lb chocolate addict in a chocolate store.

I guess the bright side is that I found out about this now, instead of in a growing season or three.

So this weekend we are going to dig out that section and dump it onto our big green tarp.  I will wrap it up like a dumpling and leave it in the sun to cook while I figure out the safe way to burn it to ash.

I think I need a half of a 55 gallon drum.  They make nifty backyard firepits anyhow.  I can have dad weld some legs on it for me, or even better, teach *me* how to weld some legs on it.  For that matter, dad may have a drum in the barn.

I can eradicate this thing before it gets away from me - right?



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Jul. 20th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
You probably can, you know. Human beings aren't listed as apex predators for nothing. :)
Jul. 20th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I've needed to hear - I knew you guys would come through for me.

I'm so upset about this. But digging it out will make me feel better. Hopefully we can get it all in one shot.
Jul. 20th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
We should have just said 'it's okay, you can handle it!' right from the start. But it was just such a knee-jerk thing for me...I actually have a slight recurring fear of throwing something virulent into the compost and then having it spread through all my gardens, which are too hard to maintain already. So my reaction was AUUUUUGGGGH!

However, human beings found a way to get to the moon. They found a way to split an atom. We can conquer pretty much anything.

As industry proves, though in their case, just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD.
Jul. 20th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah - that was my knee jerk reaction too. Then finding out that this thing is pretty much the scourge of the British Isles and more or less a hazmat didn't help!

Care to place any bets on how long it'll be before I put anything I can't identify into the pile? I suspect I now have a HUGE recurring fear of throwing something virulent into the compost...
Jul. 20th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
My weeds are all really withered by the time they make it to the compost heap, as I leave them lying on the gravel lane for days before gathering them up. (I'm bad on clean-up.) Still, I always have this creepy feeling that a really, really vigorous one might REANIMATE once it hits the moist yummy compost and BANG! Jungle of the Damned.

I figure it'll be a while, lol. You're not the type who doesn't learn from her mistakes.

Oh, hey...I should ask, as I've never used your email before and it was an addy from nearly a year ago. Did you get one from me a few days ago? Friday, I think it was.
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Problem was, I didn't recognize that what I was digging up were rhizomes. So it might not have mattered if they had been lying around for days.

I might start cooking everything in the sun before it goes to the pile. Assuming that I recognize it all. If I don't recognized it - whoosh!

I did get your email - it's just been really busy. First I had 20 people over on Saturday, then Sunday I was recovering, and yesterday I was freaking out over my knotweed. My email hasn't changed in over ten years. :-)

But yes, that sounds good, and yes - I need lots of notice. I'll send back something more thoughtful in a bit.
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
It's not like I need an answer to the email at this point, as there is nothing *definite* going on yet and no firm plans being made, but I've several times sent emails to people and never heard back because they never got it, because it wasn't their current email account. (It's happened with both Rumi and Meri herself in the past half year, actually. So now I always check.)
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
If you don't have a drum I think there's one or two up at my folks place. I'm just not sure when I could get them to you.
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm going to check the back of dad's barn first (behind the boat.) I suspect that he's got a couple. Or one of his buddies will. But thanks!
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Are you allowed to burn stuff in your back yard? If not, calling it a chimmenea (sp?) or a fire pit will help should the neighbors get concerned.

Good luck!
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
The trick is that you invite them to bring the kids over to roast marshmallows once you've got it down to a nice bed of coals.

My neighbors are cool - of the two who would be likely to notice, one borrows our ladder and wheelbarrow occasionally, and the other one has loud hobbies that we ignore. A perfect arrangement.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
In my town you're only allowed fire to cook things. So when the one nasty neighbor acted true to form and called the fire department about our grill night, we put a dutch-oven chicken stew onto the fire when our burgers&weiners were done. And the next few weekends we experimented with outdoor baking techniques for Pennsic. And LO! she got the point.

It helped that the firefighter was apparently disgusted, he'd been called to an open trash fire under pine trees, not a rock-and-cement firepit run by hose-wielding homeowners.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Sigh that was me.

Eloise, uou can also make a decent above-ground firepit out of the drum from a washing machine. The little water-draingage holes make it sort of a giant medieval disco-ball when it's lit up, actually.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm very, very aware of that. Ask my husband about the washing machine firepit. Better yet, ask hawkyns. Or gwendolynbasing. It was one of my finer moments. Well, *I* think. And so does Rod. Gwen... not so much.
Jul. 29th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Inquiring minds want to know... should I be using the "oops" icon?
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