The Trees Are Doing Well…

A Quick Visit

Pater Familias had a business trip near the farm. So, Pater Familias and Beach Barn Rose stopped by the farm to check on things.

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Beach Barn Rose

The Windbreak

In March we planted 250 saplings–red oaks, white pines, and deciduous holly–to form a windbreak. On this trip we found that all but one of the oaks and all but seven of the hollies were prospering. The white pines did not fare so well–we lost about a quarter of them. Overall, we are very pleased. Next year we will fill in the gaps where we lost trees and we’ll extend the windbreak.

We used a weedeater to cut the grass around each of the trees. This reduces the competition for moisture and nutrients.

Finally, we planted a young (5′) flowering dogwood near what we expect will be our home site.

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What NOT to Drive Through the Pasture

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What NOT to drive through the pasture!

It was a road trip, so taking the comfortable car–the Chrysler 300–seemed to make sense. However, when we were driving around through the wet, foot-high grass in the pastures it occurred to us that the 300 is not a farm vehicle.

We drove down into the lower pasture to check on the fences we installed in March. Getting down the hill was not a problem–but getting back up was.

The creek had water flowing and the creek bed was rearranged by the flow during the heavy May rains. What would normally have been a navigable crossing was now impassible. We had no choice but to go back up the hill we had just come down.

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I tried over and over to get back up the hill, each time choosing a different starting point, speed, and angle along the slope. Each failed attempt ended with the stalled car sliding sideways toward some trees. After about thirty tries I was lucky and got past the problem area. The car was a dirty mess but undamaged.

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