Thanks to help from Margy’s sister Liz and brother-in-law, Jack, we were able to spread wood chips over a part of our yard that we are envisioning for future fruit trees. The soil in the yard is quite compacted, and we have a big pile of wood chips from the old maple tree that was cut down last year. Lisa Fernandes of Resilience Hub had suggested that the best easy way to start improving the soil for growing trees was to spread wood chips now so they can percolate over the winter, and help the soil to develop fungal infrastructure.
It seemed like a huge job, and Margy and I hadn’t been able to start it on our own. But when Liz and Jack came to visit for the weekend, they offered to help with a project. Margy immediately thought of the wood chips. The three of them began on Saturday afternoon, and then we all worked on Sunday afternoon to expand it and finish it. Margy coordinated our efforts and documented it with these photos.
We had a wonderful visit, and this morning I feel so happy looking at the space that is no longer raggedy lawn, but imagined and hoped for cherries, apples and peaches, imbued with the spirit of the old maple, and the loving hands of family.