We had beautiful weather Saturday morning which allowed for intense, outdoor farm work. We took three more loads of soil from mole hills in the pasture--the greenhouse raised bed is done on one side--enough to let Mark build a growing shelf for small seedlings. The real fun was using the 14' orchard ladder to prune the apple trees. Easier said than done---trying to position the ladder where the pruning needs to be done is tricky and of course, we didn't have exactly the right pruning tool. Mark may be a little taller today from all of the stretching and reaching he did to take out some of the 'water spout' branches. Max and I were the ground crew--pruning back blackberries and picking up branches. All five tree trunks are hollowed out--how do they keep growing? One tree had a blackberry vine growing up inside the trunk about 20 feet and out through a hole in the trunk. It's gone now!
This blog reflects the journey of Kathleen and Mark who have left suburbia to steward this historical property and transform the land back into a working farm.