|Pear trees, mulberry tree, and Asian persimmon. All there|
is to see are sticks in the ground and piles of mulch
|Pear leafing out (and Waldo)|
I started with the canopy layer this spring and will add other plants as I'm able. The trees were planted down the middle, shrubs, vines, and groundcover plants will be planted along the fences. That will hopefully benefit the animals in the pasture with a little foraging through the fence, plus allow me a path down the middle.
2 European Chestnuts, "Colossal", were planted in the other section.
|2 newly planted chestnut saplings|
I found an article, "Holistic Chestnut Orcharding" at the Appalachian Agroforestry website. After reading it, I will start to transplant some of my yarrow and comfrey plants here.
The blueberry bush in the middle is sporting little leaves and flowers.
I don't have much to show yet in the main garden, except my garlic is doing well
and my red raspberries are starting to leaf!
So far I've planted four beds:
|Planted beds waiting to sprout.|
Bed 1 - multiplier onions, Jericho lettuce, and Purple Plum radishes
Bed 2 - Detroit beets, Waltham broccoli, more multiplier onions
Bed 3 - Siberian Dwarf kale and antique marigolds
Bed 4 - multiplier onions and Nantes Carrots
This may sound terrible to you dedicated no-till folks, but I am so relieved to not be battling wire grass this spring in order to plant. Last fall we let the pigs into the garden to do the preliminary natural tilling, then Dan finished the job with his garden tiller. Wire grass is the biggest reason I didn't get much of a fall and winter garden in. Having to deal with this -
|March 2011 photo of wire grass roots strangling a strawberry plant|
It gets so dense that it becomes nearly impossible to plant anything and is a battle to remove manually. Consequently, I abandoned the permanent garden beds. We're very curious as to how the pig plowing will effect weed growth this summer. That will be the subject of future garden posts.
Speaking of strawberries -
Mine are starting to bloom!
How about you? Is the weather cooperating with your garden plans?