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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Hinesville, Georgia, USA

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Hinesville, Georgia, USA
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Registered: December 2019
City/Town/Province: Hinesville
Posts: 1
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I am a High School sophomore and every morning on my way to school I pass a very big and wonderful lemon tree; it inspired me to start a fruit tree orchard project in our somewhat bare backyard. When I told my parents, they were really excited and allowed it right away. The same day we even went to a Walmart garden center and bought a young peach tree about 3 feet high which I then planted in the middle of our backyard. Unfortunately there must be some deer in our neighborhood that are very hungry because by the end of the week my first little fruit tree had no more leaves left on its branches; so I assume some nocturnal animals must have smelled the good leaves and eaten them right away. My father and I then fixed the fencing around the backyard and also put some soap in old socks out around the fencing; we got this tip on youtube and the gardeners said that the scent would scare deer away. Since my parents were fond of the idea to have fruit trees in the yard they agreed to buy more young plants. We got a fig tree which will tolerate the hot climate here in Georgia, a red nectarine tree five cherry trees, two kiwi, and two blueberry bushes. My father said that with me doing most of the work, he would help me install a drip water system, so the trees would have constant irrigation throughout the hot summer days - and hot it was! After the irrigation system was connected we planted and on the hot days which peaked in the 90 degrees Fahrenheit the young plants were suffering a lot. I then wanted to help and educated myself with the gardening videos on youtube to find out how to make the environment a little cooler for them. Good advice was readily available from many southern gardeners, not just from the United States but also tropical countries like India or Australia. I learned that soil should never be left bare or open, but it must at all times be covered. This has the effect that the temperature under the covers is low and the microorganisms have a chance to do their work in the soil tending towards the plants. Like humans the best temperature to do work in for the microorganisms is as well around seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. So as fast as I could I gathered leaves and grass cuttings to cover up bare soil around my new fruit trees. It worked fine because after a couple of days the leaves on the little trees looked much fresher than they have done before. While the trees were rooting and some even developing a lot of new foliage I still was not completely happy. At the beginning of my project I was inspired by a citrus tree, but in all of the stores I could not find one. So whenever now we were eating grapefruit, lemons, or oranges I was very keen on collecting and keeping those seeds I could find. I planted the seeds into the garden and two grapefruit saplings have come out; while the other trees loose their foliage in the winter months the citrus plants do not. For me this is one more reason to try to plant some more. I will have to do some research to find them in online stores or in garden centers in the vicinity. To make sure that the plants will have enough nourishment and also to avoid too much chemical substances I decided to start a compost. I am in charge of collecting all of our organic garbage, cuttings and other yard waste and collect it on a pile in the corner of the yard. The pile has to be turned with a pitchfork every couple of weeks which in the southern heat is really a challenging workout. I hope my effort will help planet Earth to become healthy again and that one of my neighbors will soon be inspired to plant trees.
Date: December 29, 2019 Views: 1668 File size: 18.2kb, 1427.1kb : 2621 x 1757
Hours Volunteered: 50
Volunteers: 3
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 15 & 40
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.2
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 15
Native Trees Planted: 15
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