Planting Baby Trees (With Clyde)
Today was a joyful occasion planting my first trees at the farm! It was hard to imagine that the little trees in my hand are eventually going to shoot up several feet tall.
This Korean pine tree will grow to 70 feet high! (Yes, it was quite poetic — a Korean planting a Korean.)
Today, we started planted a row of white pines, cedars, and Korean pine along the farm’s border near the road. Willow trees have already been growing there from last year.
When they grow taller, they’ll act as a protective windbreak. Planting a windbreak is helpful for preventing wind erosion, among other things like controlling blowing snow and improving crop yields, if you’re planting in the area.
I had commented to Antonio while we were getting these baby trees into the ground that planting feels like a completely different aspect of farming than raising animals.
It can be really therapeutic and calming to plant. I just had a huge smile on my face every time I planted another one of these babies.
With the animals though, it feels like you have to constantly manage a relationship. Actually, it feels like parenting. And I was definitely doing a lot of parenting this morning with the sheep and even Olive.
That being said, planting can also do a number on your back(!) and along with planting comes weeding. I’m not usually smiling when I pull out a weed.
At the end of the day though, I’m really grateful to get both experiences here at the farm. And both types of work leave me feeling accomplished and ready for a good farmer’s nap by mid-day.