Blackberry Farm

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Winter Grubbing on the Farm

During the winter months after the long farming days of summer are over, there is time to catch up on farm work that there was no time for during the growing season.
One of the farm jobs done during the winter is one that is referred to as “grubbing.” Grubbing is an old term, which means to dig out sprouts, roots, and small trees. The tool used for this job is a mattock or grubhoe.
    Some grubhoes and mattocks have wide heads on the front end that are good for digging around the tree to be removed, and an axe shaped chopping head at the heel. The well-sharpened axe of the grubhoe is well suited for cutting through large roots that must be removed if the area is to be used for planting,
    We have many areas that are in need of “grubbing attention” this time of the year. Fencerows are filled with honeysuckle bushes that are easily grubbed out in the early stages of growth.  Along with the borders of our fields, we often have unwanted brush growth that must be kept in check.
    In today’s modern world many people have never even heard of the term “grubbing,” but here at Blackberry Farm the old practice of grubbing is alive and well.

John Coykendall, Master Gardener