It was a strange day weather-wise. Overcast/sunny/cloudy/hot/humid/ick. I got the second coat on the top of pasture shelter. With the humidity the way it is I have no idea how long it will take to dry.
Once the paint dries I just need to flip it over and paint the base, attach the wheels, cover the front and back with hardware cloth, and hang the door and then the chickens can go outside! Oh, and put the roof on. And go to the store to buy the bolts, hardware and wheels. And set up the electric fence. But “finishing” the pasturing project is in sight.
I was able to take tour of the uncultivated area in which succession to forest is underway. I noticed along the road that the serviceberries were in bloom and I wanted to tag them so I could check for fruit later. To tag the trees I made tags out of a Reitmans (clothing store) bag by cutting it into strips and then copying the design of a tag off a shrub. I wrote on the labels with my garden marker, which is UV resistant.
I found what appears to be both smooth and downy serviceberries. I also found what I believe to be a tamarack. Most interesting was a butterfly which I had not seen before.
Also on the observation front, I noticed that there is a clearing near some of the wild apple trees which appears to have decent soil. It’s a bit sheltered and I think it might be a good spot for the pear trees as it is further along the path to being a forest than the areas that are just lawn.
Serviceberry, Smooth Blooming
Serviceberry, Downy Blooming