Pines Along the Road

We had 17 white pines growing along our road and the electric company comes around every few years and tops them. It looks awful so we finally took them down over three weekends.

Before

After

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September 30 – a view of our two paw paw trees on the right and a crabapple tree on the left. Pines are behind these trees.

October 14 – two weeks later. The photo is taken later in the day and season but I think you can see how it has opened up the space.

another before with the pines behind these trees

and after although not quite the same view. The trees on the left are some of our very tall pear trees.

lots of branches to shred

Our pear trees are so tall we can’t pick the fruit. Dave gathered these from the ground. I cut out the good parts to eat and they were pretty tasty.

Dave got to use his new tractor.

stumps left behind

We planted 11 red chokeberry bushes along the fence.

This one is particularly loaded with berries. These shrubs have pretty white flowers in the spring, berries form in the summer and the leaves turn bright red in the fall. Berries are edible for humans and birds though not very tasty. Even the birds leave them until late winter when other food sources are scarce. I also read that the chokeberries are a good urban shrub and don’t mind road salt. We aren’t in an urban area but we do have a school up the road so we get salted at any sign of inclement winter weather.

So nice to have this done.

Some Fall Color

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I had trouble photographing these hawthorn berries. My friend and herbalist came over last weekend to harvest some of them. They make good medicine for the heart. We made sure to leave plenty for the birds.

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The paw paw tree is showing beautifully this year.

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Wood we stacked late last winter.

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A small stand of trees between the stacked wood and the paw paw. Not crazy about the pines – we have so much. In the undergrowth is an oak and what we think are some cherry trees. We pruned out the honeysuckle bushes.

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See the little brussel sprouts on the stalk at the base of the leaves. We had such a hard time with bugs this year. So hoping these sprouts remain unharmed.

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A little color from our serviceberry tree.

More Pruning

It was in the 60’s today so we took advantage of the warm temps and spent the afternoon pruning the gooseberry bushes, butterfly bush and elderberries. We also cleared some of the applewood we cut a couple weeks ago and stacked it on the wood pile.

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Gooseberries and butterfly bush before pruning

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and after

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another view

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Makes quite a difference. The gooseberries were extrememely overgrown. We did a harsh pruning. Hopefully, we will still get some fruit from them this year.

Fruit Tree Pruning

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Last Saturday Sue, Norm and Marc helped us prune some of our fruit trees. The trees are quite old and haven’t been pruned in years. Sue recommended that we cut at least some of them down and plant dwarf varieties. We’d have fruit in three years rather than trying to bring these old trees back to bearing fruit.

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On Monday Damian, Dave and I did some cutting up and stacking of apple wood.

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