New Chapter

I finally had the last of my Black Locusts cut down two weeks ago, and for a while my backyard looked like a WWI trench warfare battlefield.  Wood and debris was everywhere, and huge grooves that looked like trenches were engraved along my yard where they pulled out the four huge 18 foot black locust trunks.  This has completely changed the character of my backyard now.  I loved those trees so much, but after the first one fell I was never able to feel safe again.  Evertime there was a windstorm I lived in fear that my trees would fall again.  Had I not chopped down the other locusts where my shed now stands, then one of them would have fallen on my neighbor, and one of these remaining ones would have likely fallen on my shed or my house.





It broke my heart to have to remove these beautiful trees that gave me so much shade and comfort in the hot summertime, but I had to do it.  I will miss them terribly, but removing them has now opened up the entire south side of my backyard to sun.  Now I will be able to expand my food growing areas and reap the benefits of even more varieties.   The felling of those trees opens up a whole new chapter to my backyard farming life, and I’m so excited.  Now I have room to grow the big things that take up a lot of room like cabbages and cauliflower,  and melon and squashes like cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, and the rest.  Yummy!   Maybe I can even plant some more corn!


I have to put a plug in for the tree service that cut down my black locusts several years ago and again this time.  If you ever need a top notch tree service in Lane County I would recommend James Cummings Tree
 Service any day. He can be reached at (541) 485-0265.  He has a website at
It amazed me again that they were able to fell these huge trees in such a tight space without a scratch on anything.  My new apple and pear trees were right underneath those towering branches, and so was my shed.  Still, they really know what they’re doing and they managed to not destroy anything.

The next day another man came and took my stumps for milling.  If my yard wasn’t a disaster before that time, that sealed the deal.  It was a wet day and pulling those stumps out, which probably weighed several tons, left a lot of grooves in my grass.  That’s okay. It’ll all grow back as always.


 To get a better deal I have to do the backyard cleanup myself, but they did take away the larger debris and shredded it.  Now I have my work cut out for me cleaning up the back yard. I’ll keep some of the smaller pieces of the locust branches for my own use, but I’ll put the rest up for sale.  Hopefully I can get everything out of there by mid March so I can start plowing up the area.  Then I’ll probably bring in some Nature’s Best to add a little lighter tilth to the soil and then a truck load of cow manure from Harrold’s Dairy.   If I can get this all done by April then I’m going to plant cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages, turnips, some squashes, and if there’s any room left maybe a few other things.  I still need room for some melons, but I’m not sure yet where that will be.
Here are a few more photos.  You can see that I sure have my work cut out for me this year.  One project doesn’t even end before a new one begins, but I’m loving it!

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1 Comment to Transformations

  1. February 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow, it looks like a different garden! Are you going to plant some other tree or just going to leave it open?

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