The guys at coffee advised that yesterday was going to be a good day to mow grass. I did not get quite that far.
I was finally able to start burning the brush pile. Most of the morning was taken up by dragging brush to the fire and pitching it in.
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A little bit of the morning was spent climbing up a ladder and cutting out some of the storm damaged limbs that had one end on the ground and one end hanging by a thread up in the tree. This is a high risk activity. Just for the record this was not me up in the tree.
The afternoon was spent grafting plums. These are plum seedlings that a friend dug up for me near the South Dakota/Nebraska border. They were planted out near the road last spring. They were still wee bitty dudes and grafting them involved much sitting, bending and kneeling. I am getting too old for this stuff. I prefer to do my kneeling in church, thank-you very much.
As a bonus I grafted some Totten Oak. The scionwood was supplied by Lucky Pittman of Hopkinsville, Ky. I asked him for some selections of Burr Oak and he threw these in because he thought I would like them. The guy in this video seems to think they are pretty awesome. It is a gamble because they are listed as hardy to Zone 6.
Sometimes I can get away with cheating by grafting higher in the tree. The coldest air puddles up on the ground. Also, the most severe freeze/thaw cycling occurs right at the snow line. I grafted them about 5' from the ground. Unless we get serious drifting we rarely see five feet of snow, so I think I am safe.
I finished out the day planting rooted willow cuttings, a hot shower.
Today looks like post holes and grafting apple trees.
And more Ibuprofen.