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Island of Green (in the desert)
Island of Green (in the desert)
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5675 Majestiv View Rd SW, Deming, NM, US
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Posted by Geert Cuypers over 8 years ago

From design to practice: trees, bees and chicks.

I planted my first tree!
The tree on the right  in picture #1 will be remembered (at least by me, if no one else ) as the first tree that was planted in this project, that made "Island of Green" more than just some lines on paper. 

It was a bit unexpected. I came back from town and saw a distant neighbor was trimming his trees. I stopped to ask if I could have the branches to plant, and he did even better. 
"How many do you want?" he asked He got his chainsaw out, cut trough some roots, and ripped out a few of the poplars that are growing on his property. And then he even brought them to my place. Wow. That is a nice person! 
I managed to get one planted, but the weather was turning really bad, too windy to continue. The other two were planted a few days later.

While I was planting that first tree, I found a four-leaf clover ring. (picture #2) I guess someone was so unlucky to lose their lucky ring God knows how many years back. I've walked over that spot many, many times and never noticed it. And today, while I am taking care of Mother Nature, it shows itself to me. That would almost make one superstitious. A good omen? I can live with that idea. :-) 

I am officially a beekeeper now. I have one colony that I relocated from under someone's house trailer, and they seem to have settled in and are doing well. (picture #3) That should help a lot with the gardening. Last year half the strawberries and cucumbers didn't fully develop, not enough pollinators around.

And I have chickens too! Well, let me amend that. I have baby chicks (picture #4) that I hope I can keep alive long enough to become chickens. Three varieties: australorp, rhode island red and silver laced Wyandotte. All three breeds are supposedly heat tolerant and dual purpose. I'll have to build them a chicken coop by the time they can go outside.

20140313 trees 20140311 ring 20140308 hive 20140311 chicks

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