This will have to be a quick post because I’m working on grading some student papers, but I wanted to record and share our new venture in the garden world. This weekend we planted our first batch of fruit trees and shrubs. We’ve started our orchard! I’ll write more about this soon, but for now I’ll just record the basics. The plants: 8 elderberries, 12 raspberries, two pears, two juneberries, one siberian apricot, two highbush cranberries (the cranberries are for the birds to eat and as a windbreak, not for us to eat). We picked the plants up on Saturday morning from St Lawrence Nurseries, and they were all in the ground by 6 pm on Sunday. Not bad! The weather helped a lot. Here are the photos!
then in the bottom of the hole goes the sod, then the topsoil, then the roots go in, and last the subsoil. tramp it down, water like crazy, and it’s done–except the mouse protectors and the deer protectors. more on that later.