Planting Bur Oak Trees
My Bedford, New York farm continues to transform with the planting of many beautiful and interesting trees.
Trees are very important to our environment – they help combat climate change, provide habitat and food for birds and other animals, and release oxygen for us to live. Yesterday, my crew planted a group of bur oak trees, Quercus macrocarpa – two rows along the outsides of the boxwood allee, one on the left and one on the right. They will grow so nicely here, and provide beautiful texture and shade when mature.
Here are some photos.
- The bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa, commonly spelled burr oak, is a species of oak tree native to eastern North America. It is also called mossycup oak, mossycup white oak, blue oak, or scrub oak. Heres Ryan driving a load of bur oaks in our new 2021 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 NorthStar Edition. I love these Polaris vehicles they are perfect for riding around the farm, loading and unloading equipment, plants and trees, and for getting into tight spaces where larger vehicles cannot go. These are also perfect off-road durable yet light enough so they dont damage any grass. These are so vital here at the farm we use them every day.
- The leaves of the bur oak are easy to identify. They are alternate, simple, six to 12 inches long, roughly obovate in shape, with many lobes. The two middle sinuses nearly reach the midrib dividing leaf nearly in half. The lobes near the tip resemble a crown, green above and paler, fuzzy below.
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Baling The Second Cut Of Hay
My horses are already enjoying some of the newly baled hay.
Hay is a harvested plant thats dried and cured after being cut in the field. In most cases, hay is cut during the late bud or early bloom stage to maximize its nutritional value. This week, my outdoor grounds crew cut, tedded, raked, and then baled the hay from one of my three fields. This second cut of the season is greener, more dense, and filled with lots of protein – my horses love it.
Enjoy these photos and the short video at the end.
- A baler is a piece of farm machinery used to compress a cut and raked crop into compact bales that are easy to handle, transport, and store.
- Here is Pasang guiding the baler as it is moved and positioned behind the tractor.
- The baler and tractor are connected by a simple trailer hitch pin and clip.
- Here is the motor that helps to move and propel the bales into the wagon.
- Large rolls of twine are positioned and tied to each other, so they can feed into the baler and secure the hay just before it shoots out into the trailer. There are three choices of materials to wrap bales twine, net wrap, or plastic wrap. If properly baled and stored, hay can last a long time without degrading in quality.
- Once it is tied, it moves up this conveyor belt
- Chhiring drives the tractor and starts the process midday when there is the least amount of moisture. The tractor rides to one side of the windrow while the baler passes directly over it to collect the hay.
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More Beautiful Colorful Dahlias
Beautiful, colorful dahlias continue to bloom at my Bedford, New York farm.
Dahlias begin to bloom with great profusion just as other plants pass their prime, and they last right up until the first frost. This year, my all-dahlia garden was planted in a large bed behind my vegetable greenhouse. We planted the garden in June and through the summer, we all watched its progression. We have flowers ranging from small to giant dinner-plate size in all different colors and shades – many from Swan Island Dahlias in Oregon, from Floret in the State of Washington, and from The Flower Hat, a flower farm based in Bozeman, Montana.
Here are more of the gorgeous flowers in bloom right now, enjoy.
- I have already cut many dahlia flowers to decorate my home, but there are still so many to enjoy.
- The dahlia garden is in a new location this year in a space behind my vegetable greenhouse that was previously used for growing grapes. When planting dahlias, always choose the location carefully dahlias grow more blooms where they can have six to eight hours of direct sunlight. This spot was perfect, and because it is behind the glass structure, the flowers are also protected from any strong winds.