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

One thought on “Planting fruit trees and shrubs

  1. 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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