planting multiple trees in one hole). I should have taken a before picture. The weeds filled in the whole area around the fruit trees, and were nearly as tall. We nearly filled our huge garbage can, just with weeds from this one area. I had to use the shovel for some of the bigger weeds. It was crazy. We also pulled out the dead apricot tree, which wasn't very hard because it had no roots on it. All that's left to do here now is plant another apricot tree, build the second box, fill in around the edges to bring all the soil up to the proper level, and then mulch well to avoid the kind of weeds we pulled today.
Since I was sitting near a weedy area, and not doing anything, I started pulling weeds. I weeded around the lone black raspberry plant (which has actually multiplied quite a bit since last year, but is still kind of sad. Don't ever plant just one cane.), the asparagus, the strawberries (which are doing great this year, and are so thick that there were hardly any weeds), the raspberries, and one section of grapes. I also used some of the grass clippings to mulch around the asparagus. I need more to mulch around the raspberries, and the strawberries are thick enough that I'm not mulching around them, though in the fall when we whack them all down, it might be a good time to cover the area with straw.
The yard looks great, I think it's time for a BBQ (pork chops on the grill anyone?).