Minnesota Farmer


Good for something

This wet weather has been good for something, it has allowed us to continue cleanup of our broken trees.100_2011

Those of you who follow this blog will remember my pictures of the broken trees in our yard, but they are only a few of our broken trees.  Our farmstead shelter belts took a heavy toll in the ice storm also.  So far we have focused on getting trees near the buildings cleaned up.  Because conditions have been so wet we have had little choice.  Now we need to tackle the field wind breaks.

Our farm has several fence lines planted to trees to help slow the wind that could blow our soil around.  These trees on the edge of fields drop their branches into plantable ground in heavy winds or if there is too much ice.  Sometimes the branches are quite large.  Since our fields are just about dry enough to start planting, we are going to tackle some of those fence lines now.

Since the ice storm I have harvested enough wood to keep my house warm for more than one winter.  Since the work needs to be done any way, I may as well use the wood rather than waste it.100_0887

The wood pile looks ready for winter now, and I still have a lot of cutting yet to do.  Cold weather will return again.

Michael

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