Internet Problems and Filling Up the Olive Tree Transplant Hole

Friday May 20, 2022 Guerneville CA.

Olive tree

Barry came over with his truck today to pick up the olive tree I dug up yesterday as he has a place for it in his yard. My other Brother Tom’s tractor was in my yard so we used it to  load the heavy tree into his truck which made that job easy.tractor


Internet woos

After he left I was using the internet when it started going bad and I couldn’t connect. I called my ISP after checking some stuff on my computer and they will send out a phone guy within three days.

After I hung up I remembered I had this same problem last year about this time. It seems when it warms up for the year it causes this problem but it’s on and off for awhile so it’s hard to trouble shoot and when it gets warm enough it fixes itself until the next year. At least that’s what it looks like to me. I figured out a way to go outside and connect to Tom’s place to post my blog.

Olive tree hole

I did some chair hopping and then worked on filling up the hole I made  taking the olive tree out.hole


I thought it’d be a good idea to put some woodchips in the hole before I put the dirt back in it.chips


I hauled two wheelbarrow loads to the hole and dumped them in.mulch


I put the water on the woodchips to wet them down and help them decay faster which gave me some time for a break.water


Then it was time to shovel all the dirt back onto the hole which was a bit of work.dirt


I needed a break after that so I did some chair hopping.


Stopped in the blueberry patch to eat a few berries as they are just starting to get ripe.blueberries


These are the first raspberries so I ate some of those too.rasz


For the chickens

Then I hauled one more load of woodchips to the now filled in hole and dumped them on top for the chickens to mess with.woodchips


Broody hen

This hen is hanging out in the egg laying nest area which means she wants to make a nest and raise little ones. That’s called being broody.nests


Get’s her own nest box

After it gets dark tonight I will  go out and put her with about twelve eggs into a new tote box nest and move it into a pen by herself so she can work on things without being pestered by other hens. She has ten eggs under her and I will add those two other ones.

Interesting enough 12 eggs is what most of the hens seem to like to sit on. Do you think that might be where a dozen came from originally?

That task is much easier done after it gets dark as they are much  easier to handle after dark and don’t make a ruckus as long as you keep the lights off.

Nice day.

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Persistence Pays Off Digging Out the Olive Tree

Thursday May 19, 2022 Guerneville CA.

Digging day

Today I decided to tackle digging out the little olive tree I wanted to remove and give to my brother to plant if he wanted it.

I got the tools together to get the job done and started with the shovel.tree1


Shovel work

I  made the hole my brother made another shovel width wider and deeper and got around the root ball.dugout2


Wouldn’t budge

After digging with the shovel I tried to  move it but it wouldn’t budge so I set up my big bar to use some leverage on it.leverage3


Big bar for leverage

I set up the blocks and jumped up and down on the bar carefully until I cracked the tree loose which I just did in this photo.bar4


Too heavy to lift

I had to move around the tree with the blocks and break it loose in  each spot until I could tip it over which took a bit of time as I still had a couple roots on the bottom attached which I had to break and eventually got the tree turned over but not out of the hole as it was too heavy for me to lift. I got the water hose out for the next step.helpers5


Getting it out of the  hole

It took some time but I sprayed the root ball  until I had most of the dirt out of it to lighten it up some. It was still pretty heavy and I could barely more it out of the hole. I had to roll it around and work it into a spot I could roll it out of the hole.water6


Moving it

It was too heavy for me to drag out of there so I figured my quad runner would do the trick so I got it out with a piece of rope and hooked the tree up. It went pretty well except when the tree’s root caught on a narrow gate I  had to drag it through.

Now it’s on the main drive and ready for Barry to pick it up tomorrow.puller7


Here’s the olive tree out of the ground and ready to transplant.tree8


That took  most of the day with all the breaks I took. Sure got some good exercise doing that.

I spent the evening chair hopping with my chickens and that was my day.chickens9


Nice day.

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