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This week we heard the crashing thump as 20 very old and very large mostly spruce trees hit the ground to be cut up and hauled away. My brother will also get much firewood for this winter. The dog yard lost 5 trees and it is noticeable because there were only nine. Now Tucker and Cassie will have abundant sun and the possible fire danger those trees presented has been eliminated. As with most of the felled trees, they were old, dying, and too near the house for comfort during high winds or a nearby fire. Three of the trees were very old aspens that were leaning precariously and if they fell, would obstruct the driveway or the road.
In addition, another 20+ spruce were trimmed to the height of nine feet. That is high enough that a grass fire wouldn’t reach the branches of the tree and cause a larger fire. Now, we’re able to see a lot more of the aspens, birches, and willows in the yard. There are still many more spruce trees, too, but the ones that came down or were trimmed really opened up the yard. The side yard looks like a park. The grass is covering a section that the chickens used for years. It is lush.
My garden planting has been completed. A couple days ago I was able to finish the planning outdoors. It has just been too cold for the plants to do well. The past few days it has gotten up into the low to mid 60’s in the late afternoon. The forecast is for warmer weather in the next several days. If the temperatures drop back down, I may have to wrap the leafy plant area with visqueen for protection and throw a “plant blanket” over them, too. I’ve never finished my garden planting so late in the year. The first frost is likely in just over two months. Sure hope the veggies have time to mature.
Today I picked a dozen small tomatoes from my “Tumbler” tomato plant. I’d been eating one or two a day for a while and then decided to wait a couple days and actually harvest a few. They are such a treat to just pop into the mouth. The other tomato plants are just beginning to set, so hopefully, we’ll have a long succession of tomatoes. One of the two Siberian tomato plants I had planted outside was dead so I plucked it and planted kale in its spot. The other one was trying to grow, so I left it and we’ll see if it comes back.
My eldest daughter and her family stopped by for a short visit before driving back to Anchorage today. They came down here to camp and fish. They were going to stop at a couple spots and fish for a while before completing their trip. It was nice to see everybody.
I can hardly wait for all that fresh, organic food to ripen and be eaten. Till, next time…