This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, May 12, 2014

working on our new mini-orchard

orchard IMG_7853 apple blossom IMG_7882 cherry blossom IMG_7886 Last weekend, we cleared the slope where our mini-orchard will go. Lots of roots needed to be dug out and removed. I used stakes and string to find the best spots to locate the trees. So far, we have 3 apples. All semi-dwarf. Varieties: Honey Crisp, Liberty and Jonathan. Also a pie cherry, variety: Montmorency. Each tree needs about 18 feet diameter of space.

Next, we will dig compost into the planting holes and plant the trees. The trees will like as much compost as they can get. We'll put up deer fence around each tree. And all those rocks we pulled out of the soil will go into a semi circle just at the lower slope of each tree.



Blogger Margaret said...

Very nice - I was planning on planting some apple trees this year as well. I had everything all planned out. But with all the expenses involved in adding 9 new beds, including extra fencing, more trellises, etc. it looks like I will have to postpone until next year....sigh.

May 14, 2014 8:41 AM

Blogger Zippi Kit said...

Try Carolina Silver Bell for your tree.

Your garden is always and inspiration. Happy Spring!

May 15, 2014 1:03 PM


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