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2005:

Filling in between the skipped rows on top 40 and re-planting some of the bottom field.

Here is the tree order:

  • 250 White Pine
  • 250 White Spruce
  • 250 Black Spruce
  • 250 White Oak

This was a year to fill in some of the gaps.

Crowded walnut
furrows for re-planting bottom field.

I thought long and hard before doing this. We all walked through this field for a couple years now looking for trees that survived the planting, and survived the deep sod, and incredibly tall weeds and impossibly thick grass. I decided to do the best I could to avoid the few surviving trees but in the end I just plowed the furrows and hoped this planting fared better than the last.

Since we only had 1000 trees ordered we decided to plant by hand. And since we weren't very happy with the planter we hoped this strategy would give the trees a better chance.

We also thought these tree species may be more tolerant to soil condidions. This is deep, rich, soil and not always very well drained.

Fall planting of potted oak from personal nursury in Madison

October 8, 2005:

Red and White oak seedlings. 196 seedlings, individually planted in D40 tubes. These were mostly Red Oak. The seed was overwintered this past winter (2004-2005) in a bucket, burried in my garden. I planted each acorn (already slightly sprouting) in May 2005 in to seperate D40 pots. These grew very well over the summer and were over a foot tall and vigourous by fall.

I thought fall planting may work since these are potted and will minimize root damage during the transplanting. We worked hard not to disturb the root ball while knocking off the pot and putting in the ground.

Pepared. NE. end of strips for planting. Win and I found rows - she flaged surviving oaks. I placed white flags to mark pine rows as reference.

I mowed between these marked rows in prep for plowing.

Plowed 2-rows east of eastern row of first planting. This was a Spruce row - we planted spruce on outside rows that year because forester didn’t want us to plant spruce inside planting because they are too slow growing to ‘nurse’ hardwood. I skipped ‘spruce row’ and plowed 4th - liting over survivors. I skipped next pine row and plowed 4th furrow.

Began planting Oak (White and Red) from D40 pots and a couple apples (allens)

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