April Showers

The old saying is April showers brings May flowers.  The flowers have been here but the honey bees died again over the winter.  We are unsure of what killed them off because it was a very mild winter this year.  We are very sad about not having bees, we might not try again this year.

We did trim up the existing outdoor fruit trees.  There are two pear trees and two apple trees.  We were told when we moved in that the trees were a few years old when planted and were planted for a few years and had never produced. We have been here for 2 years so at the youngest they are 6.  The first year we got one pear. Last year we got 5 pears from the same pear tree.   I trimmed all four trees several times.  We have watched some videos on how to properly trim fruit trees for fruit production.  And we are pretty confident that my random fruit tree trimming helped with out knowing how or why.

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You can see how out of control the trees were and below they are all trimmed up nicely.  We took about 15 feet off the top of the one pear tree because we did not get to trimming it up last year.  They are all doing very well.

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The pear tree that we got 5 pears from last year when in bloom had three clusters of flower blooms.  Today we counted and have 11 flower clusters on that pear tree, the other pear tree has 3 clusters so we are hopeful.  The two apple trees do not have any flowers on them yet.  We have noticed that the last two years the beetles are pretty bad and have stripped 3/4 of the leaves off of the one apple tree every year.  I am going to work harder on getting rid of the beetles.  We have also had problems with aphids on the rose bushes.

Earlier this year I purchased a great deal of cinnamon, three bulk containers.  We were having problems with the ants eating the vegetable plants.  When we lived in Harrisburg, cinnamon really did the trick to keep the ants off of the sunflowers.  We will be trying cinnamon on all of the plants this year.

We took back the one blueberry bush that died and we purchased three more.  We now have two bluecrop and two jersey.  The huz and I were very excited to try and get some of the plants transplanted this weekend but yes it is calling for flurries today.  Ewwwww.

We have not taken all of the plants out yesterday and we will be keeping them in again today.  But we got some progress done yesterday on chipping for around the pond as well as I dug a very little bit around the second stump in order to burn them down this weekend if the wind is not bad.  I am working half days the next two days because of cut hours at work so we will see just how productive I can be.

We did do a great deal of chipping the last two days and when the huz and myself really work together we can get a lot done.  In the picture with the trimmed up tree you can see in the flower bed above the rock wall that it has a bunch of old dark mulch among the plants that are getting bigger every day.  Well the husband chipped on Wednesday for 45 minutes while I was at work and yesterday evening we both worked on chipping for 45 minutes.  We almost have the whole pile of branches from the two pine trees coming down chipped.  But just take a look at how lovely the area looks with fresh mulch.

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We do have to continue chipping because we need to do on the other side of the pond.  And there are plenty of branches in a mess of a pile in several places in the wooded area of the property.  We just have to drag them over to the chipper and prep them.

RickabaughReviews approves of yard work as hard work and yard work is good exercise.

Timber

This weekend we trimmed trees and cut down two.  I also removed over 1000 dandelions from the yard.  So we noticed this year a great deal of dandelions in the yard.  I only remember two from last year.  This year they have overwhelmed the front yard.  While they do add a beautiful pop to the bright green grass the huz does not like them and was pretty upset at just how many dandelions have covered the front yard.  So I got out the nail puller, now one of my favorite “gardening” tools and went to town popping out the dandelions.

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It is hard on the back and I have only gotten a very few out in comparison to how many are in the yard but, its a start.  I spent a little over three hours total on popping out dandelions throughout the yard about 45 minutes at a time.  I fill up a bucket and take them over to the burn pile to be burnt up.

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This upcoming weekend we will be burning down two stumps.  We finally got the two mostly dead pine trees down.

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It sure is letting in a bunch of light and has opened up the side yard a great deal. Which will be great for the garden boxes that have gotten a lot of shade up until now.

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The hard part is they gave a good bit of privacy to the back yard.  Driving by you can now see into the back yard, yes over the six foot privacy fence because the property is down hill.  We intend to purchase some clumping bamboo in order to restore a bit of privacy.  We will plant it directly inside the fence line in order to maintain  the extra space in the yard we created by taking down the mostly dead pine trees.

Fire pit plans! So step one was get the trees down.  They are down.  And we found out a few weeks ago that burning down a stump is very easy to do and works really well.  We worked together and had the two trees down, one at a time, cut up and in piles in just a few hours.  The huz worked the chain saw and I was on nipping branch patrol.  We have three piles.  The chip pile which is all the dead branches from the two trees. We have a pile of the cut up trunks. Then the last pile which you can see in this photo are the few live branches, they will be burnt when we burn down the stumps as well as the trunk pieces we cut up.  We have started to dig out the first tree stump that we took down.

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This photo is of the first tree we took down we had to dig out a metal post that was placed when the tree was planted, so it was a bit of a win win that we decided to burn down the stumps, we needed a small pit around the stump.

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This is the last of the three pine trees in all that were unfortunately mostly dead and we were not able to save.  Also because they were so close to the house being dead was a risk of them falling into the house with high winds.  This week after work we will work on digging down around both stumps pretty deep and also getting the ax in there a bit to chop up the roots in order to really give the fire a place to latch on to, to burn down the stumps rapidly.

We have started bring rocks up from the woods in order to put down the stone patio/fire-pit.  This weekend we will end up putting on some back packs as well as putting on our dogs’ back pack on her and take her down to the creek, through the woods on a leash we can put small rocks into her zippered pockets.  She will be very useful.  I was worried at first thinking will it hurt her to have her carry up rocks?  Then I remembered we got the dog back pack when she was young because she pulled a lot while going for walks and we would put four full bottles of water in the pockets to try to slow her down. So it will be like the good old times weighing her down. She will be more excited to go for a walk in the woods then even notice us loading up and then unloading at the house.

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So we have a small pile of rocks.  We need about 5 times more than the current amount in order to make the stone fire pit and patio area.  We were originally going to try to find matching brick in order to expand the patio with a nice flow and then with the virus lock down we looked at a few stone fire pit and patio combos on Pintrest and we feel confident we can do it.  Our neighbors a few houses up are also taking the extra home time to put in some flooring and put in an outdoor fire pit.  They are using stones as well and have dug a huge beautiful space out of a hill side. Their hill provides a great deal of privacy into their back yard.

Next week we will see how far we got during the week in our 2020 summer yard plans.

RickabaughReviews is enjoying hard work.  Also my four leaf clovers are doing well.  Wishing everyone luck and good health.

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April 2020 Week two gardening

To catch up on our adventures in Gardening for week two of April 2020.  We did more sewing of masks for friends and family than we did gardening but it was a mostly successful weekend.  I am still going in to work everyday and the huz still works from home like he has for years.  So nothing has changed at our house.  We did rotor-till the entire area of the new garden space on the side yard where there is a great deal of sunlight most of the day.  The rotor-tiller worked very well in the dirt that I had already taken the top layer of grass off, of which was about 15 feet of the 40 foot long garden space.

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I put up 6 tomato cages.  No we are not growing tomatoes at our house this year- not that I know of yet.  I sprouted all the seeds that I had saved from last years free plants from the neighbor but we plan to give then away to several friends.  I also have left over seeds from packets that we purchased this year.  I gave a dozen cucumber seeds away, planted 2 dozen and I still have about 15 seeds left in the packet.  I think that I will be able to give them to a few more gardening friends this year- I have three in mind already. I also planted in the new garden space the some of the spaghetti squash seeds that I had purchased.  If they do not take I have a bunch started inside that I can plant around the cages to have the vines grow up a bit instead of all over the ground. I also planted marigold seeds saved from last year the whole way around the newly tilled space.

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This picture is one that I will save in my photos so that I will know what I planted, where I planted and when I planted.  In my camera roll all the photos have a time stamp on when they were taken.

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I checked the plants outside this morning.  It really is gardening season!  There are 17 sugar snap peas poking through the dirt.  Eight onions, several white and yellow, I do not see any red yet but there is plenty of time.  One of the garlic is growing very nicely.  I have not seen any beets yet.  I think I remember that they take a bit more time in our soil.  The romaine lettuce and the salad bowl lettuce are sprouting.  How I can tell that these tiny little green leaves are what I planted is because I hill up the rows just a bit and the tiny green leaves grow in row fashion in the middle of the long hill.  I was very surprised to see the salad bowl lettuce that I had purchased last year, I had saved seeds and they were up before the romaine.  So my seed saving for salad bowl lettuce works! Also all of the sugar snap peas this year are from seeds I saved last year. As well as all of the marigolds.

All three fruit trees are doing so very well in their pots until it is time to plant them outside.  I was very skeptical if the peach tree was going to sprout any leaves but it sure did and they all look very beautiful.  Yesterday I let all the plants and trees out all day because it was nice with no rain.  When I got home from work I noticed all of the leaves on the apple tree were sagging dreadfully.  I of course went into fix-it mode.  The huz ran and got water and I took them all in and popped on the grow light.

We were then gone for about three hours- delivering hand made face masks to a bunch of friends and family.

When I checked on them before we went to bed the apple tree had perked up, she was just thirsty.  I wish all plants were able to talk to us like that.  Nope, my one blueberry plant was doing amazing then the next day all the leaves gone and dead.  Very sad.

The forsythia is beautiful this year as is the blue bells.  They really do brighten our dank spirits.  The Hosta and Lillies are all growing and a friend up the street has a new area cleaned out on a hill and was wondering if I had any plants that needed a bit thinning out.  Now is the perfect time to split them up a bit.  The lillies are easy to dig out, the hosta on the other hand took my breath away working so hard to dig out a bit of a few of them.  She jokingly asked if she had to do more digging to plant them.  I told her I removed three plants the first year from a space and threw them in the woods up-side-down on the ground. I pointed to the woods and said I can show you where I now have three hostas in the woods.

The huz uses the hose by the fish pond to water the new garden area and I am using the makeshift rain barrel to water the raised garden boxes.  My rain barrel is just a large old trash can that has a lid and no holes in the bottom.  when it rains we flip the lid open and when we remember, we close it.  Most of the time we forget to open it for the rain. The dark can and dark lid help debris from getting inside and from anything growing inside. If light gets inside too much you will have plants and insects living in your trashcan pond in no time.

April Gardening

Today is the first day of April and it is supposed to be chilly and rainy, this means I will not be putting the plants outside to sun.  We were able to get the stump that we burnt down low enough to add four inches of dirt and seed the area.  We are very excited to start to see grass grow in this area.

I have started the new garden area.  It is a lot of work.  It is about 4 feet wide and 40 feet long.  Day one, Saturday and in the rain, I dug the outline of the 40 feet to make sure that the huz didn’t think it went to far into the front yard.  He is okay with the 40 foot length. He doesn’t want any garden space in the front yard.  The garden space that I am prepping will have the three fruit trees as well as the spaghetti squash.  We are going to add the tomato cages as trellises for the squash plants.  I noticed yesterday morning I had two tiny little sugar snap peas sprouting in the one garden box.  I started bell pepper seeds all over again hoping that these will sprout.

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Day two, Sunday, not rainy but not sunny, of the new garden bed I started to take out the grass in the new garden bed in order to avoid a great deal of weeding after using the rotor tiller over the area.  I also have found some really big rocks in the area and have been taking them out as well.

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I have been taking the shovelfuls of nice grass to other areas of the yard and have been patching areas that do not have grass.

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Now that the huz knows about the patching technique I am using he is even far less upset about the new garden bed area. Day two I was able to shovel out by myself a 6 foot by 4 foot area.

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I moved one shovelful at a time to somewhere else on the property.  Yes in three hours I had walked 6.7 miles.  When I finally went inside with the dog who followed me around almost the whole time she fell asleep right away, apparently it was exhausting work for her to watch.

Day three, Monday-I worked all day and when I got home we got right to work.  The huz decided he was going to help patch the yard.  I only got about 10 square feet of grass off the garden bed but we used the wheel barrel a bit to haul a bunch of the grass/dirt clods around the yard.  Its a bit more back breaking.

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Day six-we took day four and five off-not feeling awesome and it wasn’t warm enough.  I am hoping that after work today I will have a bit more energy to get maybe 10 more square feet dug out.  My goal would to be to work on the garden space an hour a day but its still a bit chilly every day and after a stressful day of “essential” work with everyone at work being foolish about the spread of germs and I am the only person wearing a facemask to work its difficult to get out of a cranky mood.  Yesterday I had 2 guys at work ask me to make them a few masks so I did that last night instead of gardening. But I am still taking out the compost every morning and then checking on the veggie beds.  If you look closely you can see five little sugar snap pea sprouts.

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RickabaughReviews approves of pretty flower pictures at the end of posts to brighten us all up. A picture of some of the Bleeding Hearts that were transplanted out of the woods.

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Gardening in March

There are so many gardening and outdoor maintenance things to do.  It is nice to be able to stay home and get some of these things done.  So this weekend we started with chipping branches. We invested last year in a small nonindustrial chipper.  We love it!!!

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We had piles of branches.  We chipped most of them.  We used some of the branches for firewood to burn down a stump this weekend.  Not only does the chipper reduce the amount of leaves and turn them into a very fine mulch additive for our garden spaces, but it chips branches into a nice free mulch.  The mulch is a bit chunkier than we are used to purchasing but there are some pros. The mulch doesn’t have a ton of chemicals leaching into our drinking water and a bunch of dyes getting on our shoes or our dogs paws. We were chipping a lot of pine branches so it smells divine.

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These branches took a few hours to chip with both my husband and I working at it.  But we were able to finish laying down a new layer of mulch on a walking pathway on our side yard.

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We also burnt down a stump in order to potentially add onto the current patio with an area on the other side of the house where we can put in a sunken fire pit.  So two more mostly dead pine trees need to come down and their stumps burnt down as well.  This weekend was a practice run for us, as we have never done this before.  Our friends up the street have burnt down a dozen or so stumps on their property just this past year.

First thing we did was dig a a hole around the stump to expose the roots and for a secure place to have the fire.

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From about 2 pm we started the fire and we continued to feed the fire and poke at the stump with fireplace tools in order to work it down until 7:45 pm.  We then put our fire pit cover on the fire which was mostly coals and called it a night.  In the morning we dug out the ashes from the previous day and dug out more dirt from under the roots to try to get the coals under the stump in order to burn it from below as well.  We also worked on chopping up the roots and stump a bit so that it would catch fire better and burn down more.

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This is a photo of the stump after we scooped out ashes, dug a little deeper around and under the roots and then chopped at the stump a bit more with the axe.

After work today if it is nice and not rainy I am going to uncover what burned yesterday, Day 2 of burning.  I am hoping that we may be able to chop just a bit more at three main roots and pop the stump out.  It was originally about 3 inches above the ground level and The husband would like at the least to have it about 3 inches below ground level so that there will be enough of a dirt layer on top to grow grass.

If chipping and burning wasn’t enough work to entertain everyone I also did weeding of my mint bed. As well we rotor-tilled three more garden boxes and planting in two of them.

The dead mint vines had to be cut down and the wild onions taken out as much as possible as well as raking out all the leaves and sticks.  I put the dead vines and weeds and leaves right into the stump burning fire.  Its nice that the fire had a few purposes.

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Garden boxes that got planted.  The smaller square box which had green onions in from last year that survived the winter is our onion and garlic box this year.  We got a packet of 100 onion sets.  I have split them up with a few close by friends as well.  So each family is doing about 10 of yellow 10 white and 10 red onions in their gardens.  We will see how they do and we are all interested in learning how to braid and preserve our onions.  In rotor-tilling this box we found a random beet that survived the winter with a few leaves on it.  I put it back in the ground, I figure it will die or get bigger.  I am hoping the latter.  And lastly in the very front row of the box next to the beet and last years green onions I planted three garlic bulbs.  From what I have been learning about gardening the root veggies are hardier and can go in a bit earlier.

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So at the bottom of the photo we have from left to right three garlic, one left over random beet and survived through the winter green onions. Then there are two rows of each onion across the box starting with two rows of red then yellow then two rows of white onions across the top of the box.  The red is closest to the beet and that is how I will remember there is a random beet and not pull it thinking it is a weed.  I would like to add that I am leaving a great deal of room between all of the plants this year, so that they will all do well and I do not have to thin them out, which makes me not a lazy gardener but a very busy person.

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I have learned a trick or two with these cell phones and their vast digital capacity.  If I see something in a store or out and about and I like it and I am pretty sure I can make it, I snap a photo of it.  This way I can reference it later or better yet just show it to the husband rather than trying to explain it.  Please build me one of these is so much easier to say than it was 20 years ago.  So with that being said I snap a photo of the seed packets in the order that I plant them in the box.  Not only can I then see what is planted in the box two months ago but it also tells me the date and time I took the photo so i can say in three months- not one single carrot came up-won’t buy that brand again. So in this long front box starting from the right and moving left I planted seeds that I saved from last years lettuce, it was called salad bowl lettuce it was lighter green and tasted good all summer and into the fall.  In the middle we have carrots seeds from the neighbor.  My friend and I have found that yes we both have pretty big gardens, considering most people don’t have gardens at all. But neither of us have enough garden space for the whole packets of each thing we want to grow.  So she gets the things she really likes and I get the things I really want to grow but who ever gets seeds first sends a photo to the other so they can get different seeds cause we share and it splits the cost of seeds, which isn’t much but considering I paid $20 for marigolds last year and shared 6 with her and this year I have about 60 marigold sprouts coming up from seeds I saved. It means a bunch more marigolds for both of us for free!!!  So in the middle plastic baggie is a pinch of short fat orange carrots.  Then to the left is Romaine lettuce which she has a pinch of and has already planted hers. On the far left we are saving about three feet for Bell peppers when we transplant them from inside if they ever decide to sprout.

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In addition to all of this that happened in two days.  I also took the plants outside for a little bit on each day to soak up some sun and get used to the wind. This is called “hardening off”  It will strengthen their tiny stems for the real world outside.  A great deal of very good gardeners start their seeds in green houses.  We do not have a green house, so next to the window is as good as my plants are going to get.  We usually keep our house at about 66 degrees, but lately we are keeping it a bit colder to try to save electric, so about 64 degrees F. That is too cold for plants to grow inside when there isn’t enough light.  So I spoil my seeds in order to encourage them to all survive.  We have three grow lights as well as a makeshift heat mat.  I have seen heat mats sold in stores for $30 which would only heat up 1/10 of the seeds I started.  Then I remembered I have an electric blanket, I folded it into thirds and put it on the folding table where I have most of the seeds.  The electric blanket will stay on for 8 hours.  So basically every time I walk past the plants I check to see that the blanket is on. If not I push the button to turn it on.  The results of the amount of seeds that spouted are astonishing.  I have never had this much success.  Next year I think that I may set up the second folding table, we have a second electric blanket that is currently not in use.

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This is a photo of about half of the plants sun bathing.  Hardening off means to make your plants hardy but I joke in all seriousness hardening off your plants is a lot of hard work, inside , outside, into the sunny spots, is it too cold or windy? Its started to rain quick help me get the plants inside-shoes on, shoes off, mud everywhere, because who does not have muddy shoes when they are gardening. So to wrap up a bit of March gardening.  RickabaughReviews approves of hard work.

Here is a photo of the Blue bells for some spring time smiles.

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Gardening 2020

Well Its that time again.  We have started seeds inside and purchased trees online.  It is still a little early but today we started seeds outside as well.  My husband got me an electrical rotor-tiller for my birthday back in January.  We have wanted one and needed one and a birthday or holiday is a good time to get big ticket items and be able to not feel guilty for spending money.  SunJo is the brand he got me-it is perfect for our size of garden space.  It is amazing! So much power and made quick work and was so easy.  We tilled up the area by the fence where we did corn last year and did not have much luck.  We have added so much to the area such as ashes, compost, and close to a foot worth of leaf chippings from the summer and fall.  We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the corn does better in that area this year.

We also rotor-tilled one of the 4 garden boxes.  In the fall we added about 8 inches of chipped leaves to the boxes, they were getting pretty low on their soil level.  I also have been direct composting all winter to the boxes. Now that we are planting seeds in the boxes I will start putting all my kitchen scraps into the compost tumbler again. Fruit and veggie scraps as well as used tea bags and coffee grounds have been tossed over the fencing into the boxes every morning. The dog goes potty and sniffs around and I pick up a few sticks in the yard and then we go back inside for more coffee and to get ready for work. My husband built wonderful fencing for the boxes last year and it kept the bunnies out all summer long.  It also kept them out all winter long too.  The garden box that we rotor-tilled up this afternoon is a 4 foot by 4 foot box.  There is a trellis that is on one side and this is the side that we planted our sugar snap peas, I saved these from last years crop.  There are 5 rows with a total of 90 seeds. Then in the other two thirds of the garden box I planted in 10 rows of 150 beet seeds.

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Last year our beets did not grow as well as we would have liked.  We have figured there are a few changes that need to be made.  The dirt in the box was very hard and compact and needed some nutrition as well as loosening and softening in order for the root vegetables to expand and grow underground.  We added a great deal of leaf mulch which we are hoping will lighten up the heavy soil so that it will retain more water and nutrients for the vegetables.  Another issue that I personally have when planting the garden is that I get too excited about the plants growing and eating healthier for less money and I plant all of the seeds into too small of a space and I do not thin them out.  So this year I did give some of the seeds away to a neighbor friend and planted the rest in three times the amount of space. My husband says that we will thin the veggies this year.  We have been growing a garden together for nine years-we have yet to ever thin out the weaker smaller plants – we like to give them all a chance.  We have learned if they are all going to have a chance they all need more room.

We did some inside gardening as well. The pumpkin sprouts and the spaghetti squash sprouts, both from the seeds I saved from last years crops, have all sprouted and are all over 6 inches high.  Their root systems needed more dirt and room. So the pumpkins got split into two small indoor pots and the spaghetti squash got split into three small indoor pots. All went back onto the table that has the electric blanket as well as the grow light shining on it at all times for the last three weeks.  The two trays of sunflowers that are also six inches high each went into small pots. Three trays that had a total of 6 marigold sprouts got condensed into a small pot and the tomato sprouts have had half of the sprouts taken out and put into a small indoor pot.  All pots went back onto the electric blanket where they get the grow light 24 hours a day. The husband is a bit worried that they are going too fast and soon our home will be taken over by plants.

The two blueberry bushes are doing amazing inside the house in their little blue indoor pots, across from the window where all the seeds were started.  The three fruit trees that we purchased earlier this year are in their big pots in the living room in front of one of the sliding glass doors.  I have kept these blinds open even at night to allow as much light to them as possible.  These particular set of sliding glass doors face the back yard so no one can see in from the street, so we don’t mind them being open all the time.  We purchased a peach, golden delicious apple and a Bing cherry tree.  The peach and apple are being very stubborn and have not sprouted any leaves yet.  The Bing cherry is being a good little tree and has so many little leaves all over its twigs.  We would like to plant the trees on the side yard using the Espalier training style.  A good friend who does this highly recommended it.  They produce a higher yield in a smaller space and all the fruit is produced in easy harvesting reach.  We have just a few concerns.  Such as if we can reach the fruit so can the deer that we have seen in the yard.  Also we have been told that they need a great deal of pruning and attention.  There are only two of us and three of them so far.  We are out numbered because these three do not include the two apple trees and the two pear trees that are already well established outside in the same side yard area.  We both work full time jobs including a few part time jobs as well.  It is the start of a very small orchard, we are hoping to have enough time to tend the trees in our busy lives.  We are estimating at this time to only have to spend close to 10 minutes twice a day watering them and checking to see they are doing well.  We will probably spend close to an hour every Saturday establishing their growing structure once we have the trees and support posts in the ground.

So far RickabaughReviews approves of using an electric blanket as a heat mat and grow lights to get seeds started.  It will be a few weeks before we know if Espalier style is for us but until then we are checking out a few digital books from the local public library.

Fruit trees

I have had many struggles with wanting to have fruit trees in order to grow my own food and wanting to not pay an arm and a leg for them.  I have tried to grow trees from seeds from the fruit that we eat.  I also have tried to grow them from seeds purchased.  Growing trees from seeds is not my strong suit.  I have finally broken down and have shopped around and found that if I do not want to take out a second mortgage I will need to compare prices and get trees in a bare root fashion.

I paid $35 per tree and because we purchased 3 trees it was free shipping.  They came a full week early so that was a true delight, considering the age of next day delivery 3 weeks felt like forever.  The box was 5 feet tall and so skinny for 3 trees, but they all fit very snugly. And as advertised they were all between 3 and 4 feet tall.  There were a few broken branches on each one but there are good branches on each tree as well.

Since it is the first week of March and we live in zone 6b we can not put them out until the first week of May in order to avoid a late frost, we had to pot them inside for a little bit.

We are planning on getting only three trees a year.  We spent a bunch of money on very big pots so after these trees get planted in the ground outside we will have these three pots available for next years three trees.  Get them in the winter and sprout them inside for a few months then transplant them out doors after the frost.

I have known several friends and family members that have purchased trees bare root and they don’t make it when they plant them directly outdoors.  So I am going to give them a fighting chance by sprouting them inside first.  The last thing I want to do is buy trees and kill them.

You don’t need a reason to want a fruit tree or any tree for that matter, you just have to want them and want them to survive.  We have several different reasons for wanting fruit trees.  They include the following-  We recently took down close to 8 trees that were 50% or more dead and were needing to come down so as to not damage our home in a storm.  With so many trees taken down I worry about erosion.  There are a few dead trees still standing in our wooded area that if they fall in a storm they will not hurt any man made structure. We live near the bottom of a slight hill which leads to a creek and we get a great deal of run off of rain water from the neighborhood.  Thus we want to plant root systems of tree and bushes in order to stabilize the area.  They will be able to produce more oxygen then just the grassy area where we will be planting them.  We love the idea of being able to help reverse climate change.  We also love the concept of living more independently with the ability of growing our own food.  I am excited to see the results of hard work and much planning as well as how this might be able to assist the families that live closest to me by sharing what we grow.

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This is one of two of our blueberry bushes that we purchased as a little twig a few weeks back.  They are both doing very well indoors while it is still very cold outside.

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These are the three new trees potted inside until the weather has warmed up a bit more.  We already have 4 fruit trees that were planted before we moved in.  We are hoping that these three new trees will do just as well as the other two pear trees and two apple trees.

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