Our farming season is well underway, so we will be spending less time strategizing, planning and executing our timber harvest plan for the farm vacation cabin. With us getting busy growing food and Lee scheduled to return to Maine the beginning of April, we decided that we best harvest a relatively large tree (to us), about 3 feet in diameter, and the first tree that will be sawed for the vacation cabin rental. We gave Lee the honor of felling this tree. (Lee mostly had the honor because neither Carl, Townes or I have enough experience yet to harvest a tree of this size.)
Once again, I learned a lot from Lee, while he explained to Townes, as to how we would fell a tree nearly 36 inches in diameter using a chainsaw with an 18 inch bar. It is pretty spectacular all the little “helpful hits” we learned doing this job. The technique we learned from Lee was developed in Sweden so we must thank the Swedes for allowing us to cut timer safely with our small chainsaws!
On the food production side of the farming operation…. The majority of the onions and first few brassicas have germinated and are growing. We hope to work up some beds for direct seeding but the soil is wet so I don’t see that happening according to our schedule. Mother nature now has us a little behind schedule but we will be OK!