Monthly Archives: May 2013

Our First Financial Contribution is Anonymous

May 27, 2013

Friday night, May 17, there was a party at the Orchard. We noticed the evidence the next day: a branch was torn off the Early Fuji, there were strewn beer bottles and cans, and a small fire was started (luckily, in the wet grass). Also at the scene, there was also a tightly rolled up $5.00 bill. We’ll consider it a contribution.

This past Friday, a larger Orcas branch of the 4 x 1 Pear was torn off. That was harder to052513 sm Pear damage DSCN0633 take. The branch was not torn off completely, still hanging on by its lower edge. All of these events took place behind the thicket of rose and the Orchard sign.

Orchard Announcements/Updates
Pam and Justin sent the Design Job Description to three top Landscape Architects.
We have a special weeding party this Sunday 2-4pm and our next regular work party is Sunday June 9, 2-4pm.

I rushed home to call Ingela. Should I graft the limb back on or cut it off? She said it would be better to cut it off, because the fork was a V-shape, rather than a U-shape. A weak V-shape fork has “included bark”, where bark disappears down into the fork. The bond is weak and will get worse over time. Most U-shaped forks, on the other hand, with all bark visible, are dependable. Had it been our choice to cut that limb off, we would have cut it off just after the crown, but the crown was torn off as well as some of the wood on the trunk. The result is a serious setback for the Pear.

Amidst Orchard maintenance and the City Grant activities, we will continue to work on strategies to deal with all external sectors. How do we engage with vandals to minimize damage to the Orchard and increase neighborhood safety?

Let us know if you have ideas.

You Meet the Nicest People …

May 18, 2013

I am scything away at the Orchard, readying it for special guests. We will soon host three landscape architects, all of whom want the chance to design our space.

Why use a scythe? There are several advantages:

You relate intimately with the earth                    051713 Photo0177 scythe crop & sm
It’s meditative and peaceful
Scythe maintenance is easy
Noise is merely a swoosh
It’s rhythmic, moderate, and easy on the body
You hear the birds, and bees are willing to come close

Yesterday, as I was mowing, I discovered yet another advantage: a neighbor was willing to approach.

I met a woman and her two little dogs. She asked if she could sit in the corner and read. I replied. “Sure, please do! We are very interested in how neighbors want to use this space.”

Rhonda recently moved to our neighborhood. She has been a P-Patcher and is interested in our project. She will watch for dates of three public meetings this summer.

Perhaps I will stack some of the tall grass in the corner, to provide a cozy seat.