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So, plans for trees. The first tree we're planting is the chestnut. Because chestnut is fantastic for both people and livestock. The MSU website asks several questions for planters, so I'm going to answer them here.

Assess your site:

-- Chestnuts do best in sandy and acidic loams , with a pH between 4.5 and 6.5., which is exactly what we've got.

What are your purposes, goals, objectives and aims?

-- My plans for the chestnut is to use the nuts to feed the people on the homestead as well as feed livestock. Also, chestnut wood is beautiful used in furniture, and as it's tannin-rich and dense, is good for things like fence posts and other outdoor uses. Also, I love chestnut honey.

Set your budget.

-- Planting the trees will take not only the cost of the trees themselves but the cost of traveling up there and the lost of wages while we're up there. Likely, we'll plant other trees, like apple and pear, while we're there, too. Mike can take a couple of paid vacation days, and that will help. I would give us a budget of $1000. 1-yr. container grafted chestnuts cost about $120; we haven't decided how many trees we want, but I'm thinking that we should start out with four and see how it goes -- along with two each of two varieties of apple and two varieties of pear. Maybe cherries and grapes? Still thinking about that -- our constraint is gonna be time, I think.

Edit: However -- this pfd from the American Chestnut Foundation says: "Remember that you will need to plant at least 2 chestnuts to get nut production. Account for some mortality over the years, and plant at least 5. If you just want to plant a few trees, a good amount would be between 10 to 50." So maybe we'll plant 10-12.
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I've been feeling very ... wait-y, lately. It's a comfortable feeling, which is odd because I'm not the type that waits comfortably. I guess it's a winter feeling. Rest, be calm, things will come.

I start classes at Lansing Community Collage next Monday, the 12th. I'm taking anatomy, physiology and intermediate algebra because I'm applying for nursing school again and the two science classes are only good for seven years and I never did take intermediate algebra.

I spoke to a nursing adviser last fall and she said it looks like I'll get in, as long as I have good (3.5 or better) grades for the science courses. I can get a 2.0 on the algebra without jeopardizing my spot, but I'm sure I'll do better because this level of math comes easy to me.

And in the spring -- we're buying our property. I really can't believe it but yeah. So this spring, I'll be talking a lot about school and more and more about the land. Last night, Mike and I were looking at fruit trees. MMmmmm. I love them, and there are so many! I'll def. be talking about selecting fruit trees.

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