Aubrey James Shepherd's unique view from Fayetteville, Arkansas
It looked great Saturday. People really won't miss the shade until the first really hot Saturday.
Your picture looks nice but I remember what it looked like last year.I was taking down my display and loading the pickup until 1:20 or later and I had been missing the shade a couple of hours before that. It was freezing when I got there this morning and hot when I left.We'll miss the shade. Depending on how much they tend these saplings with water and maybe even fertilizer, it will be 7 to 15 years before there will be significant shade.Spending the money to make them grow really fast would be stupid. That could mean they don't last as long and might actually need to be replaced in a few years.I do not believe the landscaping people would have chosen to kill those wonderful trees if they hadn't been ordered to do it.If we sell more because thousands of extra people attend this year, us farmers will be grateful to the taxpayers of the city. Most of us don't live in the city and tend to buy our farming supplies at the nearest place, and for some that isn't the CO-OP in Fayetteville. And we tend to support merchants near home, and we did that because they were our neighbors even before fuel went sky high.Someone will want to know where the stone came from. Did the removal of this stone create any loss of soil? Good soil is what supports us. And mining gravel and stone is one of the worst things that can be done in these hills.We're all trying to support sustainable farming by using no chemical pesticides and herbicides and using our personal labor to see that our gardens produce healthful soil.And here we are looking at a big waste of fuel and manpower to create a tourist trap. Don't get me wrong. It is still a beautiful square. But it is really improved, just different.
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