Dateline: 3 May 2014
|Root system on a maple tree sapling.|
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Martin Luther is credited with saying, "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." Well, I guess I feel the same way. The world does seem to be going to pieces in so many ways but, last year, I planted some apple trees. And yesterday I bought 40 hardwood tree seedlings (2 years old) at my county conservation department's annual tree sale. 10 black cherry, 10 white oak, and 20 sugar maple. Total cost: $48. This is a first for me, and it's something of an experiment. I wanted to fill in some bare spots in my woods and along part of my field. The trees were relatively easy to plant. I marked each with a little flag, and will give them some TLC through this growing season. I'm thinking of planting a lot more in a section of my field next year. If all goes well, I'll be able to tap the sugar maple trees when I'm somewhere between 90 and 100 years old.