We’ve owned this 32 acre property for about 4 years now. It is composed mostly of deciduous forest with a bit carved out for the house and pond. The pond immediately inspired a small flock of ducks.
Predator pressure varies from year to year. Weasel family members, raptors, bobcat, and bear have all been observed near the house. Fox and coyotes have been observed nearby. Other wildlife includes moose (nearby), deer, turkey, squirrel, chipmunk, and mice.
Near the house is the duck house, a coop for guineas, raised beds, and an “orchard” area of 5 apple and 3 pears that are being espaliered (I like pruning) along with 6 blueberry bushes. I also planted a quince tree to replace a serviceberry plant that died and a red currant in a promising spot.
By the pond are 3 surviving elderberry bushes I planted a couple of years back. They’ll be getting surrounded by a bit of fencing to keep the deer off to see if they can’t get some growth on them.
The land is very rocky. Those glaciers left us lots of presents:
My intention when I left for the walk was to mark some of the many seasonal rivulets that come down our hill. Last Memorial Day there was such a storm that some of the water off our property washed out the culvert under our driveway at the town road and then took out the next three driveways as well. It’d be awfully neighborly to capture some of the water to prevent a reoccurrence, don’t you think?
I wish I had brought my camera as I found numerous things I’d have liked to have photographed:
– Line\wolf trees – I’m wondering if they mark the current boundary or only the edge of the sheep field this land likely was years ago.
Neighbor has sugaring lines nearby.
– Hugelkulter berm possibility? Two trees already down would form a crescent shaped hugelkulter that might slow down water. I would need to do something to prevent rushing spring water from washing through it as there is a seasonal stream aimed right at the center of it. Something as simple as rocks in that area?
– Fallen hickory nuts, I saw them in two places, on my way back from the area where the line trees and cauldron is located and just after crossing the bridge over the ditch behind the septic mound.
– Lots of water in the seasonal stream and amongst the undulations of the land (vernal pools?).