Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring clean up begins

It's been a busy couple of weeks here, the weather is finally cooperating so I have been able to get some work done out side. 
All of the beds (flower and veggie) are cleared of winter debris.

2 sections of fence are done and put up. Only 6 more to go.

One of the raspberry bed got built and some raspberries planted.

Asparagus bed cleaned and 5 roots planted.

All of the new trees are planted including this Honeycrisp apple that was an impulse buy while I was at Home Depot this week. I could not help it, it was on sale for $11.49, half off. I just love Honeycrisp apples, they are so sweet and juicy. It is a standard size tree so it will tower over the others if I let to go but with a little care and pruning it should fit right in with the others. I hope! 

Impulse buys should not be a habit when planting a garden, you will end up with plants that you have no space for or ones that do not work with your plan. Now I'm not going to lie I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I bought it, it did not fit into my plan for the mini orchard. I had to do some rearranging of the trees that where there (thank God they are still small)  so it would fit and will have to keep it pruned to keep it small but I have accepted that so I could keep it.

And repotted the veggie plants to give them room to grow before they go outside. This is one of two flats waiting for the weather to be right for planting.

I hope you week has been as productive as mine.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Master Plan for 2015

The weather is starting to warm, the snow is melting and my seeds are starting to sprout.

I'm getting excited by the idea of being able to go outside soon. 

Its time to finish up the master plan for the year, I have the plan already done for the veggie garden and now on to the rest of the property.
I have my seeds started for the herbs I am including this year now I need to plan where they are going to go. I did some research to find out what herbs are dog friendly and witch ones are not so I can have them and keep my fur baby Sam safe.
I also want to plant more fruit trees in the mini orchard this year, build the garden fence that I did not get finished and work on the messy wooded area in the very back of the yard. 
We are in desperate need of replacing our driveway this year and want to make it wider as well as ad a carport behind it, so this means I need to move an entire flower bed. 

So here is my plan

The flower bed beside the garage is being dug up and move to various places around the property, the driveway is being dug up and replaced and a car port is going where the flower bed was.

(No pictures or drawing yet)

The mini orchard is getting 3 new trees, a 5N1 pear to replace the bartlett that did not do well last year, a 5N1 apple because my hubby loves apple crisp year round, and a fruit cocktail tree that has several types for fruit on it. I am going to also add some of the dog friendly herbs to this area, most of them will be in pots so I can move them around at my liking. There will be pots of parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, chervil, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon placed around my fruit trees.

The garden fence will be finished this year and beds for raspberries will be built along the fence.

The shed will be built inside the garden area for storage and a rain barrel and gutters will be added to it like the pallet shed to collect rain for the garden beds.

The path in the back of the yard that leads into the woods is going to be cleaned up and the trees that fell back there are going to be cut up and removed so I can build a garden wall on the hillside to get maximum space back there.

Its a work in progress.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Trees and Raspberries are here!

It's finally starting to feel like spring, it's warming up outside and the snow is almost gone. My seeds are sprouting and the spring bulbs are poking through. 

I got the nicest surprise in the mail today, my fruit trees and raspberry bushes have arrived.

6 Red Raspberry bushes. 
I know they look like dead sticks but I'm told they will come to life as soon as I get them in the ground.

My 5N1 Pear, 5N1 Apple, and Fruit cocktail trees.
 They also look like dead sticks, let's hope the come back to life soon.
The bag laying on the floor in front is a bag of asparagus roots.

I'm so excited that things are starting to arrive and the weather is warming up enough to get outside. 

Let the planting begin!