2016 #1: Spring Update

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 05-21-2016 05:19 PM 4547 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s the long weekend in May and I’m busy puttering around in the yard.
It has been a slow spring, garden-wise, for me, as I’m babysitting my granddaughter (toddler) and I’d rather focus on her than try and watch her while gardening.

First off, I have to say that my fruit trees have all avoided the frost!!! I might actually have some fruit this year (if I beat the squirrels and birds to them.) Having planted a number of nut trees over the years, the squirrels and chipmunks have moved in. No rabbits, really, but squirrels and chipmunks.
Last year, when I went to harvest my hazelnuts, the squirrels had beat me to it and the tree was stripped bare.

But this is a new year, right? Live and learn.

So.. fruit trees and blossoms. √
Next: mulch.
If you have followed my blogs, you know that the neighbour’s free-range chickens pretty much destroyed all my gardens (veggies and flowers), no matter what strategy I tried. I finally gave up and my gardens have really been “untouched” for a couple of years. (It’s been so long, actually, that I have forgotten the names of some of my Carolinian trees.. sigh)

Well, the neighbours have moved, along with the chickens, so this year is the year of “MULCH”!!!!

First thing to get fixed up was my favourite garden area: Turtle Island.

I redid a couple flowerbeds and then came the dismantling of the tipi area. The tipi poles came down and then the side fences were moved, creating a walkway through the area. The north/south fences are great for peas and tomatoes! Uh huh.

Today, I am working on prepping my fruit trees (etc) for the mulch, which I really hope arrives sometime today. That will give me two days to putter around at it, tackling one area at a time.

Back to the fruit trees … I really wanted to buy some more trees this year but opted not to (so far hehehe). I want a second persimmon tree, so that they may one day produce fruit and I want another kiwi plant to ensure that I have at least one male version.

I also want some other fruit trees but they are on the “wish list” after the above two.

I think that will do, for this update. Hoping everyone has a wonderful 2016.

(Oh, and one last note!) I had created a really good database of all my plants/trees. I had the names, pruning needs, water/sun needs, medicinal properties and more.
And then – the company decided that they weren’t going to update it so it would be compatible with new versions of computers. What???!!!!!!
And then—my old computer crashed and data was not able to be saved. So all my hard work on the database is gone.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-22-2016 05:56 PM

Debbie, nice to see you back. Hope to hear more stories of your gardening activities during the dark period of garden tenders. The figures of turtles in your turtle island are awesome.


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