|potential bench: a before picture|
Despite how quiet I've been, I have been making steady progress--even some large strides in some areas. I've even had some "post-worthy" wildlife encounters. My best bet for sharing those are to go through the past year or so's pictures and share them (and the stories that go with them) as I rediscover them. It is hard to believe that I've basically lost a year of so of documenting my progress.
Yesterday, I was out walking the yard, waiting to see if we'd even get an inch of snow from the huge storm (Jonas, I think) that was walloping areas south of here. We got nothin'
Surprisingly, I was a little disappointed, (considering how THRILLED I've been with the unseasonably warm weather we had in November and December--I worked outside every chance I had). Part of me wanted about 2 or 3 inches, just enough to blanket the ground to simplify and beautify the yard.
While walking, my mind toyed with various ideas I've had lately about making a natural-looking bench that would blend in with the natural landscape I envision for our habitat garden. As I walked past a 5-foot tall locust tree growing at the edge of a path alongside my future native meadow, instead of my usual thought of cutting it down (it is invading the meadow which I want to keep in an earlier stage of succession)...I looked to the lower branches and decided to cut the tree right above its three lowest branches--my thoughts, far-fetched perhaps, are to encourage it (and manipulate it) to grow some low, thick, horizontal branch (a horizontal trunk really), that I will eventually be able to turn into a natural seating area. Eventually, I plan to kill the tree...but its wood resists decay, so I'm hoping I'll have it for many years to come--assuming the idea comes to fruition.
The placement, right by the path and in the middle of the meadow, seems ideal for a "bench.
|Cut to the lowest branches...bench height.|
|This will be trained to grow horizontally...or even arch to the ground.|
Here is another potential (and more realistic) natural seating area. This was my first idea--using a chainsaw to carve out a bench that would (hopefully) appear natural. This wood, though, is already showing signs of decay, so its life span would be fairly short.