The Alger Community Hall has three new fruit trees thanks to the kind donation of Sue Mitchell of Friday Creek Habitat Stewards. Sue, a professional landscaper and native plant enthusiast, was unhappy with her decision to plant three fruit trees near her shaded home on Friday Creek. She had planted, pruned and nursed them but realized that they would never thrive in their less than ideal location. So last month, Sue asked Sarai Stevens and Anette Witter, both board members of the Alger Community Hall, if the they would be interested in helping to move the trees to Hall.
After Sue got the green light and a date was set, Sue hand dug the huge root balls of the four year old established trees, put them in her truck and delivered them to the site. Sue, Anette and Sarai dug three giant holes in some very rocky soil and then planted the three trees in a new sunny location. Sarai fertilized with bone meal to encourage root growth and installed hole-drilled buckets at the base of each tree to help slowly feed water to the root zones. The trick will be to keep the trees watered throughout our usually dry summer. The apple and pear trees will provide fruit for the Hall and its community cider press. Get ready for some pretty sweet harvest parties.
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