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This spring I expanded our living fence garden to cover the entire width of our property along the street. Part of the expansion I had planned during the winter. I knew I wanted to expand the garden to include one of our crab apple trees, eliminating a difficult place to mow and improving the living conditions of the tree. Around the apple tree, I put down a thick layer of newspaper and cardboard and covered it with a generous layer of hemlock mulch. Around the sunny perimeter, I planted Lupine, Yarrow, Sage, Holly and I tucked a very young Colorado Blue Spruce into the shade. I am hoping the spruce will become a Christmas tree in about seven years time.
The rest of the expansion was unanticipated. Through a tremendous barter, I acquired some beautiful young hemlock trees, so I expanded the living fence on the other side of the yard as well. It was a great deal more work than I had planned, but I am very happy that I did it. As they grow, the hemlocks will offer an attractive privacy screen from the road and may also block some of the cold winter winds coming from the north. One of the best parts of this expansion was that all the plants (except for the Holly bushes) were basically free, either gifts from neighbors, bartered for chicken eggs or new plants I have propagated from our existing ones.
None of my garden projects are ever completely finished, but at least I have reached a stage of completion until the fall when I plan to add bulbs and perennials to help fill in the gaps until the trees become huge.
-- "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." M. Gandhi