About a year ago while in the wilderness of central Maine where that part of my Seabuckthorn experiment "lives", I tripped while hauling a water hose, fell backwards, and my wrist was fractured. The past year of trying to recover had variable results. I chose to undergo a surgical repair- a Sauve-Kapandji operation. The operation was performed and I believe the pain and limitation of the damaged joint will be history with time. For now, I am inspired by those who have greater challenges and succeed beautifully. To Wes and Bill, thanks for your help and work in Seboeis, Maine. Thanks to Brendan for being a huge help here in Massachusetts.
The weather temperatures have been hot (70°-95° F.
21°-32° C) daytime and night temps routinely are in the 50's (10° C). There has been frequent rain from summer thunderstorms.
The direct seeded plants in Maine are doing wonderful!
|seeds planted May 2012|
|same seedlings early July 2012|
Seabuckthorn Orchard/Field Development Continues
Most of the field has been cleared of stumps. Care was taken to conserve the topsoil and a combination of oats, turnip, clovers, orchard grass, rye grass, and triticale was planted. The multiple plant types should increase the chances of a successful field establishment and encourage wildlife to consume and deposit manure onto the newly established orchard area.
I tested soil fertility and Ph and was encouraged by the results. A follow-up test with a more sophisticated tool will be done to confirm.
|Fertility looks good|
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