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|Yesterday Rick dug tree planting holes with the backhoe. Today I had to cut out roots and fill in quite a bit of soil because they were too deep for the trees. We went to get the trees yesterday and they are still on the pickup, tied firmly to the rack behind the cab. We drove home at no more than 40 mph to keep them from getting whipped around too much. We hope to get them planted in the next couple of days. They will need to be staked and also protected from deer and cows. Two of them are going pretty close to the pasture fence, below the stumps of an old row of Lombardy poplars that had died. Those had grown up from the stumps of others that had been cut down. They were probably the offspring of some original homestead trees. Hopefully in a few years the new trees will be tall enough to shade our buildings.
Since it was too windy to make tree planting a pleasant job, I finished pruning the grape vines. The sap has started to rise so some sap puddled up on the fresh cuts, but not enough to drip much. They will be ok. The fruit trees have started to bud so I won't finish pruning them. It might make picking fruit a little more of a challenge. I should have started that job a few weeks earlier. Weather and age are ganging up on me.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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