If you have a few hours of free time, please consider joining us. The holes are being dug for us by The Connection's Ken Ahnell and his hardy crew, but we will be doing a lot of bending and kneeling, planting over 200 nuts in a special soup we make up of peat moss, Perlite, veremiculite and water.
Our little orchard, just three years old, is managed by the Middletown Garden Club and the Middletown Urban Forestry Commission, with oversight by the American Chestnut Foundation. We'll have a team working from 9 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m.on May 4th and 5th -- and we would love to have a few more.
The American chestnut was truly the king of the forest in those days, representing about one tree in four. Growing as much as two feet a year, they often attained 90 feet in height, with girths to match.
Please drop me an email at TreeFanatic@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this project, and perhaps lend a few hours of your time.