Trees Come Down, Trees Go Up
For the past few weeks, trees have been the main focus around here. Trees came down, trees went up, and then stumps and clumps were removed. Oh, the joy of hard work and building a farm and a garden. Join us here for a recap of our recent tree-focused projects.
That's my superstar brother-in-law Tom. He came to visit us for a day with his gigantic chainsaw to take down this bad boy maple affectionately known as "Q-Tip Tree." It was a dead, big-leafed maple when we bought the house and then our recent windstorms convinced us we were playing with fire leaving it up. He and Facilities Manager, shown stiffly in burnt orange, took it down in no time.
We originally wanted to leave it and have it topped so as to create a snag for wildlife. It was prohibitively expensive to have an arborist do so and since Tom and Facilities Manager didn't have the proper equipment to take on such a dangerous task, down it came. Here are the front cuts.
Here is the big crash, caught on video.
Bye bye, Q-Tip Tree. We loved ya, but . . . well, you know, you came down in a shattering thump.
Since it landed on the driveway as planned (Bulls-eye! Thank you, Tom!), it had to be cleaned up if anyone planned on leaving the house any time soon. Surprise, when it crashed on the ground, a gush of water splashed out. Seems the Y-split had collected water and debris for some time. Note the Y in the picture below. Ah, them mysterious trees are always up to something.
Once again, here it is before.
Here you can see that interior of the Y, which was filled with soil. FM saved the best pieces for me and moved them to the shade garden so I could plant ferns and in this case Cornus canadensis or bunchberry around them. I look forward to watching them decompose and make a genuinely forest-y feel in this part of the property.
I think about five large sections made their way up the garden to be repurposed as nurse stumps. Here a fern and a tiny Anemonella thalictroides were planted at its base.
Trees go up: It is time to finally begin planting the orchard. All of our fruit trees have been waiting patiently for their permanent homes. FM rented this bad green-machine down the street at Don's Rentals and drove it home to cultivate a section of the food-producing portion of our property. FM has been steadily clearing this area of debris for months now and this fairly flat section was ready for the next phase. No, he is not having a stroke! Rather, just experiencing pure tractor-joy!
Here he is just finishing up the tillable section.
A fence then went around the area to prevent the
Destructive Ones chickens from entering.
We planted about 10 trees total in the newly tilled area. At this stage, we planted two cherries, one fig, one persimmon and six apple trees.
This is looking north, the beginning of the orchard is on the other side of the plastic sheeting. If you look for little white tags, that's a clue that trees live there. FM laid down plastic to prevent weeds in what will be a part of the veggie garden to be planted later on this spring. This lower part of tilled soil will very soon be planted with the veggie starts grown in our garage.
e-Garden-go. They grace the entrance to the orchard and veggie garden. We also planted a second fig tree on the outside of the orchard, also a gift from Darcy.
So, as always, we have been and are busy. From bringing down Q-Tip Tree to cultivating the orchard/garden area to the major project to remove the stumps and clumps, we are busy. But, that said, we can now visualize and set our expectations for wonderful results.
Thank you for your support on this journey. Please enjoy the beautiful weather, and, please, happy gardening and, hey, wow, treasure the sun!
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. Thank you for reading and happy gardening!