I asked Idaho power to trim a few trees that were growing around my power line. Trimming the trees is a free service and it helps the power guys prevent a few outages. Of course now I have to clean up the limbs in the yard, but overall it is a great deal. I was very surprised by how much more sunlight in that part of the yard now that the trees are trimmed back. I still need to prune the trees but I no longer need to worry about playing with power lines! I also get to add some free hardwood to the wood pile. Getting the wood pile squared away this summer is going to be a big job and this year I will have to pay to have for the wood. Things should work out because I pay off the wood stove the “loan payment” can be shifted to buying wood.
Fred Meyer’s is having a great sale on flowers so I picked up some more pansies and marigolds to put in the front yard beds. I hope I can get a few more pansies and some seed geraniums for the back yard flower beds. While I love the idea of an edible garden in the front yard having some pretty little flowers add color and just make me feel good! Once we get past the frost threat I want to plant a mix of the pansies and marigolds in the front yard by the sidewalk area. I hope that the mulch will help choke out the morning glory and the marigold and pansies will establish themselves in soil to replace the morning glory. So far it looks like the mulch is deep enough to starve the weeds of sunlight.
I have some new grass growing in the bare section of the front yard. I am still learning about the proper mix of mulch, compost and fertilizer. The soil in this corner is depleted of the good stuff so it will take some time to build it up. I suppose it is the bane of every gardener to have to wait and see how things work out. Building a good soil naturally is not a quick process it takes time to repair damage. I have an idea of a “mini orchard” using dwarf fruit trees in the front lawn area. What I want to do is have one of those “cocktail” trees in the center and then place various dwarf fruit trees around the center tree for cross-pollination via the central tree. I have no idea if this idea can work. If it could work, a person could “theoretically” have a mini-orchard of several different dwarf fruit trees in a 20 feet by 20 feet area. I’m still gathering information and working on the basic layout but I think the idea has potential.
If you are urban or suburban type homesteader/prepper/survivalist and want to grow your own food you should look at going vertical and dwarf fruit trees might be a good option as most HOA/covenants don’t seem to cover trees and shrubs. Adding in a few dwarf fruit trees in the front yard might be doable and keep the local busybodies off your back. I have no idea what “hill” you are willing to die on nor how much effort you are willing to put into fighting for your property rights. Sometimes it you can fight and sometimes it is best to not play the game, grab your ball and find a new place. Only you can make that decision.
No I don’t think you need to waste your energy or money fighting the system, unless you want too. It’s a big country and you can move wherever you want at any time if you are willing to pay your way. Heck, The pioneers did it back in the 1800’s often all they had was a small wagon, wheel barrow and a dream.