Terra Nova Gardens Are Almost Mine

| 11/28/2011 11:01:24 PM

The new property (Terra Nova Gardens) paperwork is moving along. We are now into the final phase of the process. The owner has not responded to the pay up notice so now the title is being cleared of all the liens and back taxes. This should take about another 30 days. It's almost 100 percent assured that I'll have the deed by January or maybe by Christmas. What a present that would be.

Bradley and I drove out to the property today because I had made some discoveries a couple days ago and I wanted to get some pictures of what I had found. 


I discovered that a flock of wild turkeys had taken up residence on the property just north of mine. There is one magnificent tom and about 20 hens. I walked over all the properties all the way to the fence. Most of the rest of the properties belongs to the city. This property with the Turkeys on it will come into foreclosure in January and would be a great addition to the one I have. It's cheaper, bigger, and would require a lot more work to clean up. Two major cottonwood trees would have to come down to open up the property to allow gardens to get sunshine. In addition to the two cottonwoods there are many downed trees and four inch sapling trees to clean out. It would, however, make the property a tad short of one acre of land. What you see in the above picture would be left in woods as it begins the steep climb to the top of a bank which needs to have the trees to prevent erosion.


Here's a little better picture of Tom and his harem. He is a magnificent bird. For a fleeting moment I thought, "Thanksgiving dinner", but then the thought left.

Nebraska Dave
12/7/2011 2:35:23 PM

Sheryl, yeah, I'm really thinking about buying the property next to mine just to keep it as a sanctuary for the turkeys. With minimal clean up to help them get around in it easier .... well, maybe for me to get around in it easier, it would be great for them to just hang out there. I'm fencing in my garden beds but then again wild turkeys can fly so I may have to cover each bed with a screen covering as well. Either way it would be worth the expense and extra effort for them to hang around. I think you are right about the soil. It's been left fallow for at least 11 years so the natural cycle of weeds and tree leaves rotting into the soil would be especially good. The natural weed that grows there is the Nettle weed. I've been told that Nettle weed grows on rich soil so we will see come spring. I took a sample of the soil and water from the spring but had second thoughts about it because the samples were in Styrofoam cups which I thought may contaminate the results. I'll get samples in the spring when I'm working on the gardens to have them tested. I had the same thought about snakes with all the dark damp hiding places. I been there several times starting back in August and have never seen a snake or any kind of bugs. Very strange. The only life on the property during the summer months was snails which maybe a problem but I think once it gets cleaned up that they won't be living there any more. Thank you for the congrats and I am wishing spring was here already. Have a great day.

12/5/2011 9:08:33 PM

What a bonus you have in those turkeys! You know, when I was still working and traveling to towns within an 85 mile radius of home, I used to see 3 different flocks of turkeys in the same separate locations year after year, especially in the fall. Although my knowledge of turkeys could fill a thimble, I tend to think they stay pretty much in their same location. However, with the drought this year, everything is moving to find water wherever they can. I do know they eat acorns, insects and weed seeds. In looking at your pictures of the land, I can only imagine how rich that soil must be underneath all the leaves and dead grasses-composted soil, you think? Being a worry wart, I'm also thinking come summer or late spring, there might be some of those crawly things-SNAKES!! I can hardly stand to think of them, much less type the word. By the way, cute grandson you have there. Congratulations for the soon to be your own "Terra Nova Gardens".

Nebraska Dave
12/2/2011 1:50:18 PM

Cindy, thank you for always being a faithful reader and commenter on my GRIT blog. Your words of encouragement always inspire me to do greater things. I'm not sure how those turkeys survive in the middle of the city but they seem to be doing really well. This picture of Tom and his girls was not really the picture I wanted because just few seconds before I got this picture his was facing the road with all his feathers fluffed up and his tail fanned out with the attitude of "Go ahead make my day." By the time I got the camera turned on and the window down he had stood down and started to walk in to the brush with his harem in front of him. That would have been the star picture if I could have been just a few seconds faster. Oh, well, maybe another time. Have a great late fall/early winter Michigan day.

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