Busy Fall

November 5, 2011

What a busy Fall!

boatMany of our greenhouses have white poly on them and we’re preparing to do our ‘hardwood cuttings’ of things like Juniper, Boxwood and Arborvitae. We’ll stick these cuttings by Christmas and they’ll stay in the sand-flats until Summer 2012. Then we’ll transfer the cuttings to small pots where they’ll grow on until Spring or Fall 2013. At that point, the pots will be planted in field beds for another two years. In Spring 2016 we’ll dig them and either pot them up for sale in 2017, or ‘line them out’ in the field (that’s why we call them ‘liners’!) another three or four years. It’s hard to believe, but many of the cuttings we’re taking now will not complete their journey in the nursery until 2020 and later!

camperWe had only one week of good weather this Fall…and it just worked out that that’s when Kris and I took off for a week of camping on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We stayed in our ‘pickup truck camper’…our home on wheels…and spent most of our time on the pristine beaches of the National Seashore. What a great time! During our stay I read ‘Last Child in the Woods’ by Richard Louv, a great book about education and our growing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’.


We cooked fresh-caught lobsters in our camper and ate lots of locally-caught oysters! It’s a beautiful seashore with lots of history, but I’m not sure I’d want to be there in the busy summer season! We preferred laid-back Wellfleet over crowded Provincetown and our favorite beach was Herring Cove, although ‘seal watching’ was better at the ocean-side beaches.