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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pulling Up Big Roots

For the last few days I've been out in the garden, in my front bed where I took out those two trees, trying to get the bed ready for new ones. Basically I've been pulling up as many old roots as I can from the old cherry that was there. It's likely it was grafted onto sour cherry root stock, I've heard that's quite common, because for as long as we've been here baby sour cherry trees have been popping up from the roots everywhere throughout the bed, and even in the grass in our front yard. In fact, even though the tree is gone, the suckers are still coming up in the lawn.

The guy who did the stump grinding for us managed to get most of the stump, but there is a big piece of it left. I'm going to need to get him back to have another go at it.

The base of the stump left behind

There was at least one root in there that was as big as my thigh, and believe me, I've got big thighs.

Big roots!

The soil is also very sandy and very rocky.

My lovely pile o' rocks

I have a stockpile of bagged compost that I'm planning to till into the soil, after sifting it for as many rocks as my patience will allow me to get out. If the compost isn't enough, I can also get some free bio-solids (treated people poo from the Sumner, WA. wastewater treatment plant).

A friend of a neighbor who saw me working in the bed came over and offered to bring his chainsaw the next day and cut a bunch of big roots out for me. That was a relief. He suggested that we save the roots and weather them to burn in our wood stove in a couple of years, so that's the plan.

Big pile o' wood

But for now, it looks like a big bomb went off in there. A big bomb called Alison. Or maybe we'll just call it "Big Momma."

My bomb crater


  1. You have me laughing out loud! Those are some big roots..I won't remark on your thighs.

    It sounds like our weather is going to be good for quite awhile so you will be able to dig to your hearts content. Have fun! xo

  2. Sand and rocks---did you move to Michigan???
    Good idea on saving the roots to burn. And now-you have a blank slate to create something beautiful. Good luck. Can't wait to see the result...

  3. Love your pile o' rocks. Pretty rocks. I know that getting old roots out is a hard job. Nice of the neighbor to offer the chainsaw....I would have been trying to use an old hand saw.

  4. Sorta like working on a chain gang...without the leg irons. And we call this fun!

  5. All that work is going to produce a beautiful garden...gardeners can do anything;)

  6. That is a lot of work! We took a plum tree down years ago and I still find suckers from it coming up.
    Love your bottle tree too . I thinks its my favorite of all the ones I've seen.

  7. The first picture looks like an image from the surface of Mars. I can't wait to see what magic you work with this blank slate!

  8. Please share how your People Poo experience works out. I've heard about this concept but haven't investigated it. Your bed looks ready for plants. I love a well-bordered spread of friable soil. :)


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