F100 Mobile Planter - Fauntleroy Ferry Dock - West Seattle. Beauty and the Beast. This is January 2011. Wet & Cool. Covering loads is very important. Wind from road travel can beat branches and dry out the plant. The tree can loose quite a bit of moisture. This time of year nature provides constant cool and moisture... The only way I could transport this. The F100 is pushing it's weight capacity here. It it not designed to haul a lot of weight.
Staging work for the week of 2/19/2011. I will sometimes store plants in pots for a year. This will give the plant a chance to recover and grow some roots.
Father's Day. Vine Maple's, Stewartia (3), Korean Fir. Any trip to the farm involves a small load of trees or plants.
Christmas trees for mulch. A truck load of Christmas trees leftover from the season. Thank you West Seattle Nursery! I will use these on the trail for ground cover and around the bases of some trees for mulch/insulation. Chop off the branches and run over the them with the mower.
Staging Work for this weekend
At this point I feel like I have caught the biggest fish and need to get home. I am wet, cold, and my body aches tremendously at this point. A 1.5 hour drive with blasting heat sounds perfect .
I have to get as much of the branches tied in so that I'm not all over 3 lanes of the expressway with my tree.
Arriving at the farm with a tree in my trailer. Sometimes I will bring the trailer along just to have lights well beyond the tip of the tree.
10/17/12 Coral Bark Maple. Nice Flower! My trailer is being occupied by three other large trees. This is a heavy rootball. Many of these branches will have to be tied in to make the lights visible and a red flag on the end.
This tree is a great prize. I get a little nervous with people pulling up too close to me at traffic lights.
A Deodara Cedar and 2 Doug Firs. Once to the farm I have to get them to the place they will live. Usually with a hand truck. A lot of falling down and heavy grunt work.
One can really appreciate the use of the come - along. This makes work so much easier.
It is so satisfying to have a come-along to do the work.
Looking back at this I realize there is very little rootball. Today the tree looks fantastic. I put a soaker hose on the hillside. In a few months you could see little roots forming all over the hillside.
2' X 8' X 3/4" ply platform rolled on top of 3/4" conduit on plywood road. Conduit really does the trick to get this to move. Homeowner pushes... I pull... Tree... What the hell is going on? We out the white cloth tarp on to restrict branches while working. Kept the cloth wet for transport. Protects delicate buds.
Rolling a tree on a platform makes for easy work. It took over 9 hours to move this into my truck the day before. We built bridges and platforms not to mention pulling this up and out of a giant hole. 45 minutes to get this into the ground... all by myself.
Still quite a bit of hand work. Lots and lots of shoveling. In planting I will flood the hole, add a root stimulator and then in-fill with dirt. I find this part of the work very a very rewarding and relaxing time.
10/18/12 Coral Bark Maple. A spliced together panoramic on my phone app makes the truck look broken here.
The only way to get something this large off of my truck is with the come-along. Once in the hole it is a wrestling match between me and the tree for the right position.
Early Spring 2010. Cedrus Deodara. This did not have a good root ball to start with. I will need a lot of luck on this one. It took over the whole yard.
This one is actually doing very well these days. This and one other both planted this spring took very easily.
The Seattle yard frequently becomes a staging ground for refugees.
Cedrus Deodara This does not have a good root ball. I will need a lot of luck on this one.
The little ones. I hope they make it.
Yes, I love mud and planting. Human Power!
I bought these 13 Fraser Firs from a Christmas Tree farmer. These will make a nice border in the back of the property. They do not have a vertical tap root like the Douglas Firs making them easier to transplant at a later stage in life... not too much later.
In one day: 20' Acer Maple, 7' Ponderosa Pine, Espaliered Apple, Apple, Plum, and Japanese Maple. They put me on the boat last. You can see why. Truck has 185,00 miles. Getting Tired.
Delivering trees! They are all bare root. This little tractor is mostly for mowing. I would love to get something around 35 - 40 HP... For Digging!
10 Deodora Cedar Saplings and 10 Incense Cedar Saplings for mid Feb planting .
IVs, Pump and irrigation kit.
Another form of remote watering.
Jack plays around mixing root hormone (Vitamin B1) and water.
When planting on large pieces of property... never under estimate the amount of watering you will have to do. This 50 gallon container I salvaged from an old RV. At full capacity it weighs over 400 lbs.
Pacific Vine Maple with an "Ooze Tube". This is the best form of watering I have found. It takes 3 - 3 1/2 weeks to drain 25 gallons of water.
Trees "we" have planted to 10/2009. The idea here is to reclaim as much of the property from blackberries to the south (far left), create a border to the West (Top) and dot in places along the tree line to break up the green, give more variety and add more blossoms different times of year.
Blackberry bramble is cleared first by machete. It is well over my head. Once this is done it is best to forget about it for awhile.
This is hacked back by hand. Blackberry bramble. The line with orange tape is to mark the back of the property line. The idea here is to define the property line and work back towards the center of the property creating an established garden along the way. In unearthing everything there are small miracles to be discovered.
I collect coffee bags from Caffe Vita in Capital Hill (Seattle, WA) for the base of the trees. several things: 1) I can transport root balls with the burlap 2) Controls erosion 3) Keeps the weeds down. Also if I can get my hands on Chaff I mix it with the soil. Coffee grounds is great for my compost bin and also helps control weeds. It needs it here. Grass is a weed! It takes over.
Most of the trees I have planted than I can remember.
To the left (South) 10 Acres are available. To the right (North) 33 acres are available. My dream is that this area would become a small haven for rescued trees / plants and become a Woodland Garden. I have not committed to indigenous or all kinds of species yet as I am seduced by exotic trees and plants.
With 5 Acres and the work I do... I really need a tractor and a good trailer and a little stronger truck/ Some free dirt would help too.
I fashioned a watering system from a 55 gallon water barrel, a 12Volt pump that connects to the lawnmower, a garden hose and an old trailer. This allows me to spot water seedlings up to 20' away while still driving. I have 75' of hose to reach out away from the tank. July 2013