One of the biggest mistakes we made when buying our land, was buying a place with very few trees. There is no wind blocks. And a typical day in Kansas, you will be greeted by at least 20 mph winds. We set about ordering different types of shade and wind blocking trees. Soon we were ordering fruit and nut tress along with berry bushes.
In four years we have planted over 100 trees. We walk through our fields looking for a wild saplings to transplant. And now have a small orchard that in a few years will start producing, and we will have apples, cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and many different nuts. We learned two winters ago how important trees really were. An ice storm fell hard on us, with no electricity and nothing to block the bitter cold, we had to leave our homestead and stay in the city for a few days. Then a few months ago we had a dust bowl. Our small trees did nothing to stop the grit that found it’s way into our mouths as we tried to tend to the birds.
The grey sky is dust