Glassy Mountain Chestnut Orchard-Planting the Seed
Larry Recknagel organized residents of the Cliffs of Glassy Mountain to plant a chestnut orchard in their community which will be important to helping establish blight resistant trees, at least 15/16 American chestnut and 1/16 Chinese chestnut that will be used to propagate nuts to grow seedlings that will be used to reintroduce chestnuts into the eastern forests. This album documents the work done by residents and other volunteers on March 17, 2008 at Glassy Mountain Orchard west of Landrum, SC. Larry organized the effort and led residents of the Cliffs of Glassy Community in planting the chestnut orchard located there. Read Larry’s words that accompany the photographs that describe the work done to plant the seed. Click on any photograph to enlarge it.
A combination of soil removed from the holes, vermiculite, and surface soil from around local chestnut trees that contains valuable mycorrhizal fungi that will colonize the chestnut seedling roots and increase the root surface area for extracting water and nutrients from the soil.
As the planting tubes are finished a plastic rod is placed between the two layers to stiffen the tubes and hold them in place. A tube is placed in each hole for the planting teams and the flags are marked to show what type of seed (some are controls) should be planted in each hole.
Planters and supporters wrap it up in about two hours.