Little Piney Updates–All is Well

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Gas Pipeline Update

Two weekends ago, I rolled up 800 feet of temporary fencing and pulled all the metal fence stakes.  I delivered the stakes to Audrey’s place where  we put them on her trailer for another friend in need.  A couple from Cedar Creek picked up the rolls of fence to reuse at their place.  No more  fluorescent orange against green signaling “caution” and “beware” as we look out the back window!  Dismantling the fence involved about 10 hours of work over two days, however,  I was energized by relief and gratitude and slept very well each evening.  Cooler weather–below 90 degrees–was another bonus.

Although the pipeline replacement crew moved on and off our property for three months instead of the forecasted three weeks, they kept their word about staying in the easement.  A couple of trees will suffer and perhaps die from cut roots, but only time will tell that story.  Thankfully, most of them will be fine.

Photos of the Pipeline Work in Progress

Repair and Recovery

This past weekend, Ken and I planted the strip of bare gas line easement with 12 pounds of cereal rye along with two pounds of Southeast Recovery Mix. Southeast Recovery Mix is a seed blend developed by the Native American Seed Company especially for the Lost Pines Area and often used for fire recovery.    The cereal rye is a winter “nurse crop” to protect the more precious native grass and wildflower seeds while they slowly germinate.  At one end, I threw in a large bargain mix of Texas wildflower seed from Lowe’s as an experiment–I’ll let you know how that goes.

If weather conditions are in our favor, we will have a nice strip of native prairie running across Little Piney at the pipeline site. Along the lines of lemons and lemonade, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to improve our land and heal a wound.

Photos of the Native Seed Planting

We raked it to loosen the soil.

 

Native american seed
Scattered the seed.
And rolled it with a seed roller. (Thanks Tom Kelm!)

 

I was happy to discover two little milkweed plants sprouting in the disturbed soil.

Milkweed

More Good Things

We are having a stellar fall for bird sightings, and we have a new water feature in the back yard.  I will write about the fountain and the birds next time, but here is a preview–

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Our new fountain for the birds

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