|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 04-14-2010 01:20 PM||6351 views||0 times favorited||23 comments|
This year a big focus will be on starting “guilds” around my fruit trees. The intention is to create a natural and healthy environment for my trees which will reduce the work (in the long run) and improve productivity. That’s the theory I’m working with, anyway.
Today is the first step (other than having started some seeds in the house) in making it happen.
1. I purchased some triple mix and am currently in the process of spreading it around the tree and connecting it to the fence line, to reduce grass-cutting in that area.
2. place the soil around the apple tree, the fence line, and the pear tree. I decided not to join them at this time so it would make grass-cutting easier until I can fill in the entire section.
Picture 1: the plan.
Notice the fence line at the back of my property, the intended location of the soil, the apple tree, and of course my truck with a representation of the “soil” in the back.
Picture 2: the soil
the “work” part of stage one is done.
Picture 3: the seedlings (or as Rick says “the crop of spoons”)
Because I’m so bad at plant identification I usually plant something one week and then rip it out the next week thinking that it is a weed. (Ok that might be an exaggeration but you get the picture).
So this year I got a box of plastic spoons from my Mom (garage sale find) and I popped a spoon in at at least one of each of the different plant species. This way I can compare leaves before pulling out a potential weed.
- garlic chives
- black cumin
That’s it for now. I am getting a load of dirt delivered today and the extra will go around the edge of this section and I will put nasturtiums around the edge. Oh that sounds so pretty I might do that first. :)Picture 4: filled in (May 25/10)
This weekend I added more dirt, joining the two trees. I planted in the open section:
- brown beans
- joe-pye weed
And around the edge of the trees – nasturtiums
This year, I plan on letting the comfrey take over the area between the apple and pear trees. I would like to have more comfrey and this area is a little too shaded for vegetables, although everything has done quite well there.
It is also right beside two rain barrels so I can toss comfrey into the barrels adding nutrients to the water.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)