These last two weeks on the farm have been a constant mix of bush hogging, drilling holes, and planting trees. Last week we received over 3,000 trees…to add to the other 630 trees that we had hilled up or had in pots waiting to be planted. Getting these trees in the ground has been a true test of patience and perseverance. Between tractor repairs and Mother Nature…this job that we thought would take about 2 weeks has been going on for the last 6 weeks. Ironically, the tree delivery was also delayed and so the timing ended up working out okay.
All the tree varieties that we are planting are specific to our area and zone, are frost tolerant, and serve specific purposes for our farm (food for people/livestock/bees, medicinal, and/or soil building). We are planting large quantities with the idea that only the toughest pest resistant will survive. This is also called the STUN (Sheer, Total, Utter Neglect) method, coined by Mark Shepard in his awesome book, Restoration Agriculture.
So here is what we are planting this week…we have many more varieties going in the ground soon.
- American Plum
- Chinese chestnut
- Allegany Chinkapin
Well, it’s back to planting for us!