In our neck of the woods, trees are not something that we take for granted.  We don’t just plant a tree and assume it will grow.  Many times, it doesn’t.  So you can imagine how excited we get over a bunch of trees.   A tree row around a farmstead is a treasure.  People win awards for the best ones.  I kid you not.


Yes, Kansas has a forest service.

Due to the drought of the last 3 plus years, we lost many of the older trees in our tree row and had to doze them out.   They were replaced last year, but this year is time for expansion.

The landscape fabric has to be put out when the wind is down.  That turned out to be around sunset on a beautiful Sunday evening.

These little innocent seedlings have no idea of the life they have ahead of them.   Oh the winds they will see………


I plant, he plumbs.    The trees absolutely will not make it without irrigation.  And often, not even then.  I always have to replace some.  This year we had a terrible wind storm come up as soon as I got them planted, which burned the tender growth.  I have already replaced around half of them.


It is always worth the work to have a pretty little row of trees started.  You are welcome future generations!………does this shadow make me look fat?



13 thoughts on “MORE TREES PLEASE!

  1. Julie May 4, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Very interesting post– the things I take for granted. Every inch of that shadow of yours looks beautiful.

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    • Donkey Driver May 5, 2016 / 2:30 am

      Thank you! I was just sure it had to be the angle of the sun…combined with the tilt of the earth. 😉

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  2. Kim May 4, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    It’s amazing how one country can have such vastly different landscapes. In New England trees are abundant everywhere. It’s one of the reasons I love living here.

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    • Donkey Driver May 5, 2016 / 2:35 am

      Wouldn’t it be sad if it all looked the same? I would love to see New England. I do get claustrophobic when there are TOO many trees, though.


  3. dayphoto May 4, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    NO the shadow does not make you fat. Tree breaks are a much necessary thing in the flat prairie lands–the keep the house and farm buildings protected, from wind, snow, and terrible heat. Looking good!



  4. Donkey Driver May 5, 2016 / 2:36 am

    Thanks Linda! I couldn’t imagine living with no wind break. It improves the quality of life here!


  5. Ann Coleman May 5, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I lived in central Kansas for a while, and there were more trees there. Mostly they were planted as windbreaks by the farmers, but they also followed along the lines of creeks and rivers. Now I’m in Missouri, where forests grow naturally. Both landscapes are beautiful, and both have their good and bad points. Hope your new trees grow well!

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    • Donkey Driver May 6, 2016 / 2:00 am

      Thank you Ann. Most people don’t realize the big difference between eastern and western kansas.

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      • Ann Coleman May 6, 2016 / 2:39 am

        Exactly! And central Kansas was sort of a mix between the two.

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  6. Julie@frogpondfarm May 5, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Heck no .. Looks like you have a long dress on! Gosh how much we take for granted, Auckland is so damp tree life abounds .. Good luck to your trees, what a big job!

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    • Donkey Driver May 6, 2016 / 2:13 am

      Thank you. It’s very satisfying to see the trees we have planted and babied over the years.

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  7. Donkey Driver May 6, 2016 / 2:18 am

    I’ve got about 5 acres that I’m putting to trees and shrubs in hopes of releasing some quail and having them stay.

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