I hate to see any part of my garden torn up like this. You can’t tell how awful it is from the pictures. But this root is about 3 inches in circumference and with Bill’s help 18 feet of it is up. He dug down almost 4 feet to get it. The clay from 4 feet down was brought up to the top and has mixed with my loamy black soil. The garlic bed in the upper left section of the first picture may be partly destroyed getting it out unless we decide to wait until June — which is not really a good idea. The bright green in the bed next to the garlic bed is winter rye. Part of that bed has been destroyed. Asparagus also run along this side which is the upper end/far side of the garden. Hope they will not be ruined as well.
The base of the trees you see in the upper center are about 12 feet from the garden. They are the monster trees.
I am just starting to dig this path which has another part of the root that you see in path. Bill says I can’t keep it this neat because it goes down too deep. I guess I’ll loose all the onions you see at the top of the picture. (I’ll pull them to eat of course, but then I won’t have them for after I’m out of onions.)
The bed on the right is our main asparagus bed which may have to be removed totally in late spring. The roots go deep there. The other two bed next to it — I think I have gotten all the feeder roots out —- and I hope there are no roots that go down really deep. Time will tell.
This is the lower far end of the garden. I’ve gotten (I think) all the feeder roots out of the first 4 beds. I still have to check again the last two beds (where the white hoops are). The roots had almost reached the blueberries which are about 80 feet from the trees!
Bill dug these roots out of the garden. The part you see in the distance is bent back but still in the ground. So far it’s more than 20 feet of root. That doesn’t include feeder roots that run for yards and yards.