January – It’s time to garden – right?

We have several black walnut trees on our property. One tree in particular is huge, it slants at a precarious angle, shades my garden and drops those hard green balls all over the yard where we walk between the house, the chicken coop, the barn and the garden. Even worse, the tree has a substance called juglone which is toxic to my fruit-bearing trees and bushes like apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries AND toxic for some of my annual vegetable plants, too. So the tree had to go.

This was no easy project. Not one that Chris could handle with his chain saw. This required a crane, a crew and a monkey. It was both fascinating and scary to watch. Even getting the crane up the driveway threading precariously through our tall Linden trees had me holding my breath. Then it had to get turned around in the tight space between the greenhouse, garage and house so that it could back across the front yard and get positioned next to the tree. Then the monkey showed up – this guy who climbed to the top canopy of the tree with a chain saw in his hand, wrapped ropes from the crane arm around the branches and started cutting. The crane then swung huge limbs and 12′ lengths of trunk up and over our porch roof to the driveway. The crew chipped and shredded the small stuff and left Chris with MOUNTAINS of logs.

Now we have STACKS of logs and a shed full of split wood ready for the wood stove and the fireplace. We are all set for a toasty-warm winter in front of the fireplace, and I can’t wait to plant my garden with full sunshine!

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This tree has to go.
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The crane came rolling in – and it was just about as big as our house!
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This guy just climbed up the tree and started cutting.
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The “small” branches were cut into fireplace logs and little stuff got shredded
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One big branch to go – and then it’s just down to the trunk.
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The trunk was so long it had to be cut into three lengths and lifted to the front yard.
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Three big logs got sold for black walnut lumber.
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What a difference it makes having the tree gone.
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Enough wood to last for years!
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More logs to split – and a wood shed full of firewood!

2 thoughts on “January – It’s time to garden – right?

  1. As I recall, last year you spent many hours of labor trying to harvest walnuts from that tree last year, and ended up with a very skimpy harvest. I think it had to go just for making you work so hard!

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  2. Wow! Lots of work, did they take out the stump too? I couldn’t really tell. You can tell me later how much money you got or they shaved off for the wood…

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