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Thanks for all the encouragements ( I needed that) and Joan's video. I like that term 'food forest'.
It was my son's suggestion to grow some fruit trees. Several years ago he helped me with our garden vegetable and he didn't like it much... weeds! So in order to keep my son outdoors I took up the suggestion of his fruit trees idea. I still need to get one more fruit tree.
We already started digging the hole. I made a screen to remove all the large rocks. When Randal mentioned worms I looked back and I don't remember digging up any worms....anywhere? Something wrong here? I dunno.....
Speaking of nurseries, I went to three nurseries to buy to a soil testing kit but none of them carried any! So I had to order mine online. And Kathy, the nursery that had the costly paw paw, one of the gardeners there did warn me that transplanting paw paw is a risky chance. So for the price they were asking for a three footer was not worth the risk.
I forgot which you tube this was on but according to this guy, if starting from seeds or pit from a fruit bought at a store, better go the farmers market and buy the fruits. The chance are that these fruit are locally grown and are not irradiated nor have chemicals on them which makes them viable candidates for healthy fruit trees. So to save money, we will start our seeds and pits from locally grown fruits.
Thanks for all the encouragements and suggestions.
Interesting video, Joan. I'm willing to try it because plums, apricots, and nectarines fail most every year, either from no pollination or "worms".
Joan, I smiled while reading the story of your 2 year old great granddaughter, smiling while she helped her relatives pull slash out of the the woods.
Randy, during my cancer treatment year, 2013, I spent the entire summer sitting in my garden, watching the squirrels, mice, birds, chipmunks nibbling away at the plants. I rather enjoyed watching the squirrels scamper up the arborvitae, biting off branches and toting them off to build their nests. They left big patches of bare spots in the shrubs, but I didn't care because they entertained me. The mice ran up the sunflowers to the very far end of branches, snipped off the huge seed heads and then scurried down to nibble on them on the ground, leaving a scattered pile of sunflower shells behind.
Strange, during my healthy seasons I would have chased them away from such activity, but they provided me many hours of pleasure as I watched their industry.
Today's weather is a typical spring day, huge downpours of rain and hail followed by beautiful sunny weather, then another cloud passes over with more drenching rain. There is a cold breeze.
Oh! Oh!, here comes another downpour.
An Abundant Fruit Bearing Dwarf Tree You Should Consider Growing!
This gardener put two dwarf trees in one hole and explained his rationale.
Thomas, "garden giddyness" is normal for members of this group! So is frustration. Good luck with your endeavours. By the way, I've tasted pawpaws and didn't especially like them. We call them "Indiana bananas".
We finally got some rain--over an inch. Everything perked up grandly. I've planted more melons and sweet potato plants (35 total). My sugar pod peas are tasting delicious as are red raspberries. I have a chipmunk family living in my black raspberry patch and are feasting on the ripening berries. Grrr.
Have a good gardening weekend, all.
Daniel, your Dad's tree provides a lovely shape, tall, straight, and majestic. I am glad you were able to get the scion growing.
I planted a seaberry but didn't provide a mate in my Spokane garden several years ago. The plant grew into a lovely shrub, with a beautiful shape, and I especially liked the color! It began to spread by roots, growing into a big part of my meditation garden. I think it would have killed out other shrubs if I had let it go. I finally cut it down, dug out all the roots, and saved the integrity of the lilacs growing nearby. I would gladly have let it spread, with some root-cropping, if I had more space. I do have space for a pair here at L&L gardens. However we are busy clearing out the forest for forest fire management, I will be dead and turned to dust before they will be putting in any trees or shrubs.
We have another day of cold, wet weather, which, under normal circumstances increases the risk of forest fires in the autumn and a threat to this home deep in the woods. Even my two-year-old great-granddaughter helps in pulling slash out of the woods. She is so happy to be toiling beside her mom and dad, cousins, aunt, and uncle and she smiles the whole time the project occurs. She is not a slave laborer!
Thomas, it sounds as though think of planting a small grove of these three trees.
I did grove planting in my garden because I was limited to 50' x 100'. I had already figured out the sun patterns, both summer and winter, and created a path of sunlight where I had all trees cut down. It left a narrow patch about 50' x 50' to grow my vegetables, but I had maximum sun and also had the trees I wanted. I was able to feed my family from that space. I canned, froze, dried, and fermented produce so we could eat all winter long from that season's crop. I also had a huge compost in a shady part of the garden. It was taller than my 5', was 4' deep, and 12' long. A major task each spring was sifting and spreading the compost.
After my three children were grown and gone, I took out the vegetable space and planted trees, shrubs, and vegetables as ornamentals. I was the only one eating off the space and had more than enough sun to get fruits and vegetables.
My back yard July 20, 2014
My garden began to go downhill in 2013 when I spent a year fights against cancer, as did Daniel. His gardens grew even finer since then; mine did not.
SHO FARM (FORMERLY TEAL FARM) PERENNIAL FOOD SYSTEMS 2012
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