When the Quail location was chosen in October, everything was still pretty green even with the seasons changing. Back then this area was an over grown mess, but I knew it was perfect for raising quail because it’s at the highest level and you can see the sanctuary from the private road. View the before here.
Much like every project around here it begins with cutting down trees; I really thought when we did our first clear and burn here we wouldn’t need to do much more. Boy was I wrong because the quail garden was desperate for additional light.
Welcome the Light
This week Robert was a gem and cut down some trees to welcome the light. The beds have been prepped and planted and the ground has also been raised with new dirt. This took several wheelbarrow loads but in a couple hours we had it done.
We also planted new grass seed but unfortunately everything was growing at a slow pace because there wasn’t enough light. To grow most vegetables successfully you need at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight a day.
Bringing in more sunlight was necessary if we expect this garden to produce. The beds are planted with sweet peas, Roma tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, bell peppers and carrots. I think there might be room for a few more additions because I completely forgot about cucumbers.
Getting started was a breeze because I just had to point out the removal trees and Robert took care of the rest. He’s been a huge help with this project and I’m blessed because the idea of tackling this alone was less than exciting.
A lot has been accomplished including getting the wood stained and now all those worthless trees are gone too.
Get Ready to Burn
The burning never seems to end so we used this clearing activity to help burn those large tree trunks I pointed out in last week’s video. They’re still burning at a very slow pace….
So, what’s left to do on the Quail Sanctuary before I can actually get some birds to occupy this space?
There are a few more things to do and I can’t decide if this checklist is getting smaller or larger? We’re making progress so that’s where my focus surrenders. Doesn’t this space already look better with those trees gone?
- Robert will cut the top posts so they’re even up top.
- We’ll add the Sanctuary roof and close in the walls with chicken wire.
- I’ll Frame in and build the door and finish staining and add more grass seed.
- We’ll finishing raising the ground around the exterior with more dirt.
- Finally, sweet bobwhite quail will arrive and then we just maintain.
I’m discovering when we let more light shine the heart transmits happy thoughts and for me light and nature is peace on earth. Have a terrific weekend everyone and don’t forget to say hello.