Last week the trees that were stumped in 2018 were stumped for their second time. We have three blocks; every year one block will be stumped in Jan/Feb. That means only 2/3 of the land is productive every year. And one third gets to concentrate on growing without producing fruit (or potential beetle homes). Every time we think it looks pretty devastating, yet it does also tidy up the land, especially once the cuttings are chipped and used to mulch around the trees.
Here’s a little photo update on the other trees recently planted.
This sad tree was the sacrificial lamb that got us to finetune our little fire ant test protocol. This poor rollinia got abused as we experimented with removing the ants we feared might be little fire ants. It looks horrible, but we think it'll eventually come back. If not, it took one for the greater good of the team.