Wednesday, January 18, 2006
A New Chestnut Tree...I Must Be An Optimist
When we first moved on to our property, I had this idea that I could just stick fruit and nut trees hither and yon and in a few years we would be living in Eden.
I planted special Florida low chill apples like Anna and Ein Sheimer. The deer ate every bud and twig. Then to rub it in, the bucks scraped the bark off as they removed the velvet from their antlers.
I planted peach trees. The peach tree borers killed them the first year.
I bought 2 Dunstan chestnuts and planted them near my neighbors fence in a sunny spot. The deer must have thought they were apple trees. Sigh...
I planted a pear tree, fenced around it, and it survived to grow above deer nibble height. Success.
Emboldened, I planted a mullberry to attract birds, fenced it too close to the trunk, and the deer reached through and ate it.
We jokingly began calling our place, "HELL FARM". Surely, this was where plants were sent as punishment for wrong doings.
Last week, in an act of stubborn defiance, I bought a new Dunstan Chestnut. It's still in the pot.
I have to find just the right spot, sunny and close enough to the house so that the deer will be less likely to brave the dogs for a nibble.
I hate to take it out of the pot and put it in our ground.
It seems like such a nice little tree.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:37 AM