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Continue interplanting pine, etc. within Walnut rows on the 'top 40' acres.

Here is the tree order:

  • Red Pine 3000 (3-0) $270.00
  • White Spruce 1000 (3-0) $150

Started w/ red pine. We began planting at top of hill; at south end of the top land (60 acres) with rows going north/south and extending all the way to north end of property. The first row was just west of walnut row #52- & moved towards west. We ran our new rows between every row of Walnut. Jordan walked ahead & flagged Walnut tress to mark rows.

We planted 20 rows total @ 6-7 foot spaciing between trees - by the bell. Too thick? We decided to try to add a bit more space between trees and also began mixing in walnuts (vernalized nuts which added to space. )

The picture files that I have found so far are very low resolution so if you click on these you will not get a larger image. I am searching for the originals...

The planting crew after finishing for the day.

Tree planters standing in front of 'big red' planting machine.

Left to right:
Richard, Roland, Debi, Me, Win, & Kelly. Jordan is taking the picture (or is that him in the middle?).

Richard lending scale to the area planted.

This picture shows where we started planting this year ( just west of walnut row #52). This is looking south from the north end of the farm. This first (eastern most) row lines up with the north/west corner of the 'spruce patch'. We planted from here going west. We planted a row between every Walnut row (remember that the walnuts were seeded in rows seperated by two corn rows) We didn't skip every other row like we did last year.

This area has a triangular shape because it abuts the strips to the west. Therefore, each row got slightly shorter to the north as we proceded west.

Richard 2012
Same tree row in 2012.

10 years later...

Richard standing next to the same row after 11 years of growth. [click on picture to enlarge ]

He is standing next to one of the Black Walnut trees that we seeded in between the corn rows. It is nearly as tall as he is - half as tall as the pine. These walnuts have taken a long time to get going but once they get above the deer browse (then sneak past) they really take off. I will soon be faced with a decision here as to which tree I let grow; the walnut of the pine. I wonder which I will choose.

Jordan - my trusted guide.

Jordan was photographer in the other picture of the crew. He drove tractor last year but this was a bigger tractor and this year he resisted.

His main job was to walk in front of the planter and mark the rows of walnuts so that I could follow between. These trees were only 2 years from seed and since it was spring - before bud break - they were mearly sticks difficult to imposible to see from the tractor seat.

crew 1
One planting crew

This year we had the planter named "Big Red". After our poor luck last year with the small planter we specifically asked for something better. This planter also has a scalper (a blow that clears furrow in the sod ahead of the planting knife) but there is more weight to this unit so the furrow is more consistent in the dense sod on this rich soil.

Here you see the layout of this planter. Two people sit on either side of the furrow and alternate laying the tree in the trench. The transplants are stored in trays located above their legs. Tthis means if the transplants have wet roots - which they should - the planters' legs will get a bit wet. A good idea is to have rain pants. We didn't know this.

The two wheels behind the seats close the trench and pack the soil around the newly planted tree's roots. This is something the small planter (from last year) did not have.

crew 2
Another planting crew

The crew took turns at planting during the day. This planter has the people facing forward - as opposed to the green planter we used the first year which had the people facing the rear. All in all this is a much more civilized planter.

There is a bell connected to one of the press wheels. This bell dings every 6 feet or so. This is to help the planters gage when they should be placing a seedling into the trench.

As you can see, it is a warm day so getting a little wet is only a little uncomfortable (mainly because it's muddy-wet).

Walnut seed

You may have noticed the bucket of black walnuts sitting between the two planters in the above pictures. Roland brought a truckload of nuts from his garden in River Falls. These were placed in pits last fall and covered with screen - to keep the squirrels out - where they got their cold treatment in order to sprout this spring. You will recall that this is the same process we used to plant 70,000(plus) Walnuts during the winter of 1997-98.

As we proceded down the row the planters would grab couple walnuts from this bucket and drop them in the trench between the transplants (in their 'spare' time).

Well deserved break.

Without such a great group of volunteers like this we would never have been able to plant this land into trees. We learned this last year when we had so many trees to plant the second day with just the four of us.

Looking back...

The view from the tractor cab - looking back at the planter. I couldn't see the people planting and they had to shout and wave if they needed my attention.

We stashed buckets of walnuts everywhere there was a spare space.

We planted 20 rows today. These rows averaged over 1/3 of a mile in total. So today we planted about 7 miles of tree row.


Planting gets to be a long day and, at some point, everyone asks; "Are we done yet?"

This day we planted 4000 evergreen transplants from the DNR nursery as well as a couple thousand walnut seeds and over 800 Red Oak transplants from our own 'nursery'.

Not a bad day's work. Thank you all !!!

I'm searching my archives for the original copies of these pictures so that you will be able to click on these thumnail images to see the larger copy. I will post these as soon as I find them.

April 4, 2001 from calendar entry [[ with comments]]:

Roland & I planted out Red Oak Small trees (fm brick bed) planted in back headland.

Beginning @ row 24 plant trees beginning @ stake & planting towards fence (6-7 trees / row.

[[ When we seeded in the walnuts between the corn rows, we stopped where the rows ended and didn't go into the headlands at the north end. Now we're extending the rows we have already planted, through the headland at the north end of the farm, to the fence at the north end.]]

Roland startsd planting 2 per hole - of the smaller of the trees.

Large trees (fm wood frame) on top of hill. [[ this is at the south end of the main planting and, once again, in the original corn headlands ]] - 2 rows west to east beginning @ orchard. - S. Row lined up on apple row going to road. 2d row parallel to this and 20 ft to the north.

[[ The two seed beds listed (brick and wood) were in my garden in Madison. ]]

May 5th, 2001 Spray Simizine as pre-emergent herbicide on all acres planted this spring.

This spraying was delayed by inclement weather and field conditions that were too wet for the spray rig (a pickup with mounted sprayer).

I asked the County Forester if we were getting past the optimal time to spray. He replied:

On May 5th the spray applicator called to say he could now enter the fields so we decided to go ahead and spray.

Letter from Roland, June 3, 2001:

Some thoughts from Roland on what to do with blow-down in windbreak.

Answers, from County Forester, to questions about what to do with Wind Break "disaster":

September 6, 2001 - Email from me about collecting seeds:

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