|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 08-04-2013 02:16 PM||2178 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
A couple of years ago we moved the blueberries and fenced them in, after the rabbits had gnawed them off almost to the ground. It was a good plan and worked rather well. We then threw the maple leaves in the fall into the fenced in area creating great fertilizer for the area. I also planted some fruit trees to be pruned espalier-style along the fences and, this spring, moved the honeyberry bushes inside the area, beside the blueberries.
1. bindweed has taken over the area, running rampant and making a thick blanket of weeds throughout the entire area, climbing all of the plants.
2. the blueberry bushes are not looking very good, perhaps the soil isn’t right, perhaps the bindweed has done damage
3. Rick doesn’t like blueberries—so all the work is just for me and I could pick some at our local blueberry farm if I wanted to
4. I am really enjoying my morning walks, up and down the pathways in my yard
- Remove the blueberries
- open up the fences so the lawnmower can get in there and keep the bindweed cut down.
- plant something else where the blueberries were.
- I have opened up one section of the fence and the mower has already done its job and make a walkway – and it looks so nice!
- the other walkway will have to wait: 1) I need another fence post put in the ground to support the espalier tree branches and 2) I have some beans and tomatoes growing along the other end and I have to wait until they are done before I can take down the fence at that end; so that has to wait until September
- plant something else in the central area.
I originally thought that I would put three fruit trees, keeping them pruned small but then I remembered that the septic bed is probably exactly where I want to plant—and have already planted some of the trees. OOPS. I’ll cross my fingers for what is already planted but I don’t want to add to the risk by planting more.
The honeyberries only fill about half of the row.
So the question is: what to put in the middle section?
(Oh, and to the left, or above the area, is the labyrinth)
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)