What a fun project, to track just how much change we’re making, via video! Even when days (or weeks) pass leaving me feeling less than productive around here, comparing what we started with really proves that we’re making progress. Here’s the August Tour in the Round video, for those of you who would like to compare.
As I said in my last post:
I assure you, you are seeing an honest representation of the state of our yard, here; no special cleanup was done prior to recording. Buckets and tools scattered about is the state of things currently. My hope is that as time passes we’ll be able to see this property go from overgrown and unmaintained to a thriving, producing piece of land. And I hope that watching us strive toward this goal in our messy, non-linear fashion will inspire you to dig in and try growing some things at your place.
So, some things to note:
- YES we cut down trees. They were a risk to the house. They were also really aggressive and interfering with the growth of two native Koa trees, so after lots of thought we had them removed. Everything that could be chipped was chipped and we’re putting those chips to good use. It’s unfortunate that someone planted these trees in such close proximity to the house.
- The cardboard you see on the ground in the orchard? We’ll layer that much more thickly and add a heavy layer of mulch. We’re hoping that will prevent the napier grass from returning.
- The low-chill varieties of apple we’ve planted: Anna and Dorsett. The low-chill pear: Hood.
As always, if you see anything you’re curious about, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer as best as I can.