My husband and I limbed up a very old Elm tree this weekend, it lives on the east side of my high tunnel. I need that morning sun to get the tunnel warmed up and the plants growing. The tree is unfortunate to be under the power lines, I am sure when it was planted the lines were not there. This area of Wyoming didn't get power until sometime in the 1940's.
The power line tree trimmers have topped the tree so many times that parts of the main trunk have died as a result. The limbs that have been topped also produce sucker shoots that are weak and tend to break in high winds. Topping a tree is about the worse thing you can do to them, other then driving nails into the trunk. This poor old tree is also under attack by the elm beetle and is riddled with bore holes. The tree really should come down. Trees are hard to come by in the prairie, so we left it standing.
I still have some lambs getting out, I still haven't figured out where they are escaping from.
I just finished reading a couple of good cook books; they are great for that trip to the Farmer's Market, "Local Flavors", by Deborah Madison and "Vegetable" by the Culinary Institute of America. Catherine