Sorry I've been lazy and not keeping up on my desert restoration journey. I've been busy traveling, camping, weeding, planting new trees and shrubs, arranging and supervising home improvements such as installing a barrier fence (below),
|Newly planted blue point junipers, ponderosa pines and barrier fence on the east side of our property|
|Galleta grass, sunflowers, snakeweed, newly planted aspen|
|Rabbits under the front yard bird feeder|
and discovering that I have allergies! Yes, the new sagebrush-pinyon juniper habitat we moved into last year brought out a juniper allergy and ant-bite allergy I never knew I had. Or maybe that's old age speaking. Anyway, now I'm taking desensitization shots. Fortunately, the needles are short and the shots barely hurt!
|administering an allergy shot|
As of right now, the weeds on our property are not so bad. Filaree rosettes are coming up, but they are not as thick as before.
And puncture vine is almost nonexistent, although we continue to find mature seeds stuck to our shoes.
The annual grasses have not sprouted yet and much of last year's grasses and seeds have been either raked up or pulled out. In a few weeks, we will plant another batch of seeds, which will hopefully survive. I ordered some of them and collected others during walks around the neighborhood and in the nearby mountains. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that everything survives the mice and birds that eat newly sown seeds, the rabbits that chew down the grasses, the deer that relish most of our deciduous shrubs and trees, and the gophers that have so-far killed a wide assortment of plants on our property.