Thursday, February 23, 2017
We now have a pretty good area under the big trees cleared out. If the poison ivy can be killed off on the creek bank, we will plant vinca minor there, and under the trees, a mix of monkeygrass, moss and hosta, as there is minimal sunlight under the remaining trees. We are planning on putting a bench out under the trees, for a nice cooler shady spot on hot summer days.
Next has been our garden project. The permanent plantings have been selected, purchased, and planted now. We have 2 peach trees, two Santa Rosa plums, and two apricot trees all planted in the sunny but well watered (thank you aerobic septic!) back half of our acre.
Also in the area of the tree plantings, we are going to put in a straw bale garden. We already have a half dozen bales nearly ready to plant on, that were used to shelter the bottom of the chicken run from wind this winter. Straw bale gardening looks simple, and doesn't involve me having 6+ yds of "topsoil" in to build raised beds. If you saw the sorry excuse for topsoil around here, you'd understand why the word is in quote marks!
According to the plant information, these two varieties (Austin and Climax) should grow 6-8' wide and 8-10' tall. This will make a nice screen on the west side of the pool deck eventually. They've been in the ground about two weeks now,and they are already starting to bloom. We might get some blueberries this year, but I am hoping for a good crop next year. As for the fruit trees, I don't expect any real crops until 2-3 years down the road, or more. Despite this, one peach tree is blooming like mad this week! I suppose that means I need to go out and pluck the blooms off if any manage to get pollinated. I don't need it wasting energy trying to set fruit. I need it to grow a good root system this year!
I'll do another garden update after we get the straw bale garden up and growing. Happy planting, my friends!