Thrifty Yankee Pollinator Friendly Tree Stumps

Six hazardous trees were removed since I’ve lived here, three of which were towering white pines. One had partially come down and damaged another tree; another was hanging over our house and a limb took down our neighbor’s fence. I would never want to remove a tree unless it was creating a hazard that couldn’t be mitigated with cabling and pruning. It’s also very expensive! The cost to have the white pines taken down were almost $2,000 each. Stump grinding would have added an additional $400 each at that time. One was ground down but the rest? Here’s what I did with them!

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A Fairy Patch

It’s raining again today and I’m not sure our tomato plants are going to be able to survive. I can’t cut any more diseased leaves off because if I do there won’t be any plants left. I’ve invested at least an hour a day in them since May so it feels like a personal loss. I’m losing hope of ever having my favorite homegrown tomato sandwiches this summer. Yesterday, however, we had a day of sunshine.

Wayne and I went for a drive to visit some special places including a secret garden. Although I was surrounded by beauty I couldn’t shake off a deep melancholy that had set in. I felt powerless. Finally I stopped fighting it and let myself feel sad. It was then that I saw a chipmunk dart across my path and I went over to where it led me. It was a little patch of fairyland!

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