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1,000 Pounds of Wood Chips

The pic shows wood chips between the rows. My asparagus row has a top dressing of straw.
The pic shows wood chips between the rows. My asparagus row has a top dressing of straw.

I’m not sure who wore out first, us or the machine.

Since the last storm, my husband, Jimmy, and I have been running fallen wood through the chipper. Yesterday we hit the 1,000-pounds-of-chips mark.

Although the equipment was rated for a three-inch diameter branch, we fed only items half that size. Still, the metal feeder shuddered and shook so badly that the hinge finally broke.

“Thank goodness!” Did I say that aloud?

Every muscle in my body aches. I’m accustomed to hard labor in the garden and around the property, but the constant bending required for this task is more difficult than it looks. Jimmy is complaining, too.

It’s just as well that the equipment stopped working. My fall garden still needs planting, and I also need to prepare for upcoming events and trainings. (I need the break!)

Equipment awaiting repairMy husband will take the machine for repairs. The cursed thing will probably be fixed by the time the events have passed.

We still have another tree to remove!

Hot Garden Tips for Surviving 110 Degrees

Sunflower protecting young citrusA wide-brimmed garden hat shades my head, a soft bandana covers my neck, and sunblock protects my delicate skin. I water the garden and feed the goats and turkeys early in the morning while the sun barely peaks over the horizon. By the 9:00 am, it will be too hot to be outside.

Routine highs topping 110 degrees makes gardening in the low desert challenging—for me and also the poor plants. Continue reading Hot Garden Tips for Surviving 110 Degrees