It has been over twenty years since I have pumped my septic tank and I know that we are due. But Mr. Great Memory forgot the exact spot that the tank was in. All the subsequent planting has sort of obscured the landscape and I guess I lost track. The leach field works exceedingly well and the last time I had the pumpers out they said it really didn't think it needed to be pumped. Now it does.
A beautiful red tailed hawk landed on the spar of my wind machine while we were digging around.
I have another problem that I would like to warn you about.
I have lost two palms in the last two months to a mysterious cause.
The other was a Washingtonia volunteer that we had transplanted.
I couldn't figure out why they died. Was it too much water, not enough water, too much fertilizer, gophers or disease?
I believe that I have figured it out and unfortunately it is the latter.
There is a fungus going around that is killing palms.
A friend of Bruce's in Rainbow who I talked to on the phone had the same problem with his canaries.
He got word that it is going around.
My palm started to go down hill immediately after I trimmed some bottom fronds.
He said it is from not cleaning your cutting tools, I must have transmitted the contagion to the smaller palm.
The washingtonia had clear indications of a rot when we hacked into its base a few weeks ago.
Last time I was tested, literally decades ago, the presence of both p. cinnamoni and citricola were found in my soil.
My understanding is that I will not be able to plant another palm in the same location.
So please be careful right now, there is something going around. Make sure that your tools are properly cleaned.