Plant Trees with Me As Part of “Operation Locust”
So we canceled planting for Saturday, of course then it did not rain a damn drop! As per the first time around I have room for 12 vehicles for this. I have heard back from 8 people who are still in. This means I have room right now for 4 more vehicles on the 20th to be part of this.
I am going to call it Operation Locust! Why, well 500 black locust trees are here and I want to get at least 200 planted right away. We are going to start by planting out the silvopasture we installed in the Nov. workshop.
We may also plant some other productive trees from Bob Wells and perhaps put in some really simple irrigation for some shade trees for the ducks. The new A&M quail will be in their new super secrete set up by then too. Note this is not the aviary but a new caging system I am working on with two other folks.
The day will begin at 10AM with coffee and a safety briefing, we will work a few hours till about 2, have a mid day meal and hang out and drink some adult beverages and share some stories and get to know each other, everyone will be headed home by say 4-5 oclock at the latest.
I will provide education, food and beer and some non alcoholic beverages for kids and non drinkers.
Cost per adult is 15 bucks a head due on arrival, couples get a discount at 25.
Cost per kids is FREE, zero, zilch but all minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent who will be 100% responsible for their safety.
I am not limiting the head count but I am limiting the vehicle count. If you would be willing to take someone along as a driver post that here in the comments. There are a ton of big box type stores just down the road from here, so you could even meet there and drive one vehicle from there. I think your car would be pretty safe in a Lowes parking lot from 10-5 in the middle of the day.
Sorry but while I always have to limit vehicles I am holding it till 10 this time due to all the rain and the damage it has caused this fall.
To lock in your spot fill out this form. Once I have 12 vehicles registered I will remove the form and the link but allow you guys to connect via comments, if you procure a ride email me for a link to the form.
The big issue with head count is making sure I have enough grub to feed everyone really well. The menu has yet to be decided on but you guys know meat is always on the menu here.
We Are Now Closed Due to Vehicle Count
I am still willing to allow more people but you guys will have to work out ride shares at this point. If you sync up with a ride share no need to fill out a form, just email me directly and let me know you are coming and work out a pick up spot with your ride. When you email me I will send the event documents to you.
Are these going to be planted in such a way as to not need a lot of watering? Like beside a swale or you have automatic watering hooked up to planting site. I ask because I would like to see how that is done by you.
Automated irrigation is installed.
Well half way installed, sprinkers are in, manual valves for now. Wire is buried, timer and solenoids will go in this winter.
so if I were there you could give me a paper layout of the parts in the irrigation system? Something I could replicate where I live?
Not really the design is very very simple. There will be walk though videos and I think it will make sense.
Maybe you don’t have to irrigate if you just schedule more work weekends. 🙂
Best of luck next time.
These must be a different kind of locust tree than we have here in New England. Ours are the wickedest, invasive, impossible to eradicate, with huge thorns.
cut them down and burn as firewood, I think that is the plan for a lot of people who grow them.
I’m no expert, but…Huge thorns = Honey Locust, Small thorns = Black Locust. Both are nitrogen fixers, but Black is supposed to be better. Honey Locust has big edible pods and you can get thornless versions. The “Permaculture Orchard” guy uses thornless Honey Locusts as nitrogen fixers. Black Locust is also rot resistant and burns hotter.
Richard is exactly right, honey locust are horrifically thorned, they actually have thorns inside their thorns and on their thorns. Black locust have relatively small thorns.
Either can be a problem with BAD MANAGEMENT, which is common, if you cut them to the ground they sucker like mad, so what do most people do, cut them to the ground. Sigh.
And I just have to say this sorry, how the hell can a tree be an invasive species in its NATIVE HABITAT? It blows me away that people and GOVERNMENTS make this claim.