I always thought gas lines were three feet deep. I was wrong.

We still love our crab apple tree, but would like one that grows eating apples as well.

Finding a spot for something as big as an apple tree on such a tiny lot takes a lot of forethought.

I am torn between giving up precious ground and the idea of having our own apples stored up for winter.

The apple tree has won out, ground will be sacrificed, but we are still figuring out exactly where to plant it.

And that’s where the gas line comes in.

And the water line and the power lines and the phone lines (which are buried in our subdivision rather than overhead).

I always thought gas lines were buried at least three feet deep.

I was wrong.

Fortunately that little tidbit of information wasn’t discovered after scattering myself over the rooftops of nearby homes.

Instead, I chose to err on the side of caution.

Within an hour of calling Dial Before You Dig the gas company arrived with flags and spray paint in hand. I couldn’t believe how fast they showed up.

“I’m probably being overly cautious,” I told the gas woman. “The lines are at least three feet deep and I won’t be digging that far down anyway.”

And that was how I learned gas lines are actually more like 18 inches deep. On average.

AND the line runs right where we wanted to site the tree. Crisis averted!

Now the only crisis is to figure out where to put an apple tree.


The yellow circle below the flag isn’t a camera spot or reflection but spray paint. Yellow marks the spot. Now I am thinking about dogs. Yellow is really an unfortunate colour to have picked Gas Company. Red would have been better. Except that could be mistaken for blood…yellow is probably fine. Good job Gas Company.


As you can see the gas line misses the pumpkin patch but marches brazenly through the newer raised beds closer to the curb.

While I wouldn’t recommend radically raised beds for planting an apple tree in, raised beds do negate the worry of disturbing anything buried below as well as providing an instant, easy to work in, garden bed.

Those are the pros.

The cons are water retention.

I am finding my raised beds dry out really quickly.

Like, really quickly.

It hasn’t helped that we haven’t had any rain for almost three weeks.

Over winter the beds should settle a bit and once I figure out what I am planting where, a little mulch will go a long way in keeping things moist.

I hope.

Now back to finding a spot for the apple tree…