Paul's working with Godzilla again this weekend. Before he started up the earth-moving behemoth we went through the areas he thought he'd be working on and I started marking trees that I would prefer he not destroy. Even though the weather has hastened the budding of a lot of the trees, there are still many that do not have flowers or leaves on them yet, which normally would make it difficult to determine exactly which trees I wanted spared.
But I've been doing my homework (woods-work?) the past few years and I can now pretty much identify trees in their dormant state without leaves or flowers. Well, at least the ones I know I want to keep. Namely the dogwoods, sassafras, persimmons and red buds. The red buds were a snap to identify as they are in bloom:
Besides the one in our back yard (pictured above), I only found two spindly looking red bud trees in the woods, one of which although I marked, ended up being pushed over by another downed tree....go figure. There were, however, an abundance of dogwoods and I went through a lot of pink marking tape with those. I also found two stands of sassafras trees that will be spared and a handful of persimmon and wild plums.
While Paul went dozing, Rhiannon and I transplanted almost half of the tomato seedlings and set them out on the railing to get some fresh air and sunshine:
I still haven't decided if I'm going to start the squash and melons inside or just direct sow them. Last year I did both, and in just a few weeks, you could barely tell the difference so I'm wondering if I'll even bother with the effort of keeping them inside.
Tomorrow I'll transplant the green peppers and basil and I'll be finished transplanting. But that's not really a good thing as I only started three types of tomatoes, the basil and the green peppers. Well, I also started some eggplant seeds from a package dated 2008, but none of them came up so I'll try again with a new pack and start a flat of cabbages while I'm at it.