Planting fruit trees and shrubs

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!

raspberries
raspberries
raspberries
raspberries
digging
digging
and digging--they had to be two feet diameter and two feet deep
and digging–they had to be two feet diameter and two feet deep
we were instructed to keep the sod, topsoil, and subsoil separate. In this photo you can see these three--the sad, the deep brown topsoil, and the reddish subsoil
we were instructed to keep the sod, topsoil, and subsoil separate. In this photo you can see these three–the sod, the deep brown topsoil, and the reddish subsoil
we dug all the holes first
we dug all the holes first
digging
digging
planting
planting

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.

meanwhile Tater is relaxing nearby
meanwhile Tater is relaxing nearby
and Mr Fluff too
and Mr Fluff too
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One Comment Add yours

  1. Michele Whalen says:

    Wow Anne! I can hardly wait to come over to see everything you and David have been doing. It appears to be a lot of labor but the fruit will be delicious. Be well my Friend!

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