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September 18, 2015

The close of the first summer since we purchased the property is only a week away. This first year of starting the orchard also turned out to be the first drought since 2005, and the biggest one in decades due to record low mountain snowpack. As a result, irrigation wa...

August 29, 2015

Construction of the French drain continues. Chris had 10 yards of 2-inch drainage rock delivered. She lined the ditch with fabric cloth and temporarily secured it around the edges with wooden barbeque skewers. Then she began filling the ditch with gravel. Next, she's l...

August 23, 2015

This photo shows the first full 140 feet of French drain ditch. Tomorrow we'll lay fabric drainage cloth inside the ditch. Corrugated 4 inch perforated piping and roll of fabric drainge cloth is shown in the foreground.

 

 

August 22, 2015

 

Today Chris finished digging 140 feet of French drain.  It took 50 to 60 hours with the Kubota, plus some extra hours of manual digging out large rocks and grading. We'll do another 140 feet or so next year. The ditch is 2 feet wide, 2 feet deep. That boulder we dug o...

July 28, 2015

The first photo shows a partial cross section of rows of young chestnut trees during their first summer in the orchard. Spacing is 20 feet apart. Chris placed two bamboo stakes astride each tree to stabilize wire caging for deer protection. She surrounded the trunk bas...

July 20, 2015

It's an interesting time to be starting an orchard on the Olympic Peninsula. We took this photo yesterday from nearby Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Notice what's missing?  Snow capped mountains. The only visible snow on the mountain range is a few small specs to...

July 20, 2015

 These photos taken from the orchard this week show the sky at evening twilight during the Paradise and British Columbia wildfires. Particulates in the air from the fires are producing spectacular sunsets. Even though the Paradise fire in Olympic National Forest is geo...

July 12, 2015

This blog begins in an effort to track the evolution of a piece of property we call Dungenss Chestnuts. It's an adventure, an experiment, and a way to interact with the world that reflects our values of sustainabiltiy, good stewardship of the earth, balance, and heatlh...

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