This morning, on our way home from our “catch the cool while we can” visit to the playground at our neighborhood park, Ellie found a gigantic stick to bring home. At first I said “no” because, really, what’s the point? Then, realizing that I should save my negative replies for important things, I told her that she could bring it as long as she didn’t ask me to pull it for her. To her credit, she pulled it the whole way home and never complained, even when climbing up the steep hill just before our house!
Here she is, telling you about it in her own words:
Bonus Feature: (In the foreground, that’s an apple tree in desperate need of some pruning. It nicely escapes all the shade from the other trees! We planted it and its neighbor this spring – a Fuji and a Macintosh.)
Here’s our front yard, which has turned into a forest. We planted the red bud (middle) and the maple (right) in April 2008 and they’ve just gotten big enough that they touch each other. Add in the old dogwood touching the red bud and we have a veritable forest growing. Our front yard always has lovely shade now. I’m scheming about ripping up our whole front lawn and planting an edible forest permaculture. That, however, would take far more time than I have right now. Although this book’s promise of low maintenance sounds intriguing, it’s more the initial setup work (i.e. ripping up lawn, building beds) that I can’t see finding time for right now. Maybe in a few years?