Saturday, March 10, 2007

Apple Blossoms

I never thought it would happen, but we are having a hard time finding places for our new fruit trees. YIKES!!! I had plans to get some more! Here's the break down: 2 apple (one producing, one waiting to go in the ground), 2 more trees (apricot, necterine, or peach). Last year we planted 3 trees at the same time. I don't remember what we put where, but one of them died. I'm pretty sure the peach tree is the one that bit the dust. Too bad, because of the three that's one I like the most. Of course, with my allergy, it doesn't much matter does it? Back to the count, 1 plum (producing) + 2 seedlings that need to be transplanted, 1 huge pecan tree, & three more trees waiting to go in the ground; orange, lemon & advocado.

We've also been spending a lot of time getting the garden ready for planting. We have tomato and peppers growing in a seed tray inside, and the rest we'll plant directly into the ground. The garden really isn't all that large. We have 3 4x4 squares and 1 that's 6x6, all made out of cinder blocks. The big one is for corn, squash and pole beans. Of the smaller ones, two are for the peppers and bush beans and one is for watermelon. The whole garden is about 25x30 (fenced in area) and so the tomatoes are getting 1 1/2 sides, the cukes 1/2 a side (we'll see about this they don't always do well in the extreme heat), muskmelons: 1/2 a side, pumpkins: 1/2 a side, and the sunflowers, more squash, and black-eyed peas will share the other side. Lest you think I've planted way too much squash, I must tell you that some of them are winter varieties. Hopefully we'll be able to find a way to store them. We are trying to plant all native/hierloom seeds. We'll see how it goes.


At 5:37 AM, Anonymous helen said...


We seem to be the only ones without a ready garden plot. But we are getting there. The top soil was delivered yesterday and dad flattened it all down. Now comes the roter tilling and raking out the weeds. UGH! But it has to be done before we get to do the fun stuff, like plant the seeds!

Glad you are enjoying the outdoors.


At 3:21 PM, Blogger Ruth Hoernig said...

Hooray! A new post by Gracie. Your mom shamed me into posting, finally. I just get busy and forget it.
I enjoy all my nieces' and nephews' gardens vicariously. We have a strip of dirt on the side of the house and a small one in front of the house. All the rest is good old concrete. I did put in bulbs in the fall and they are almost all poking their heads through. All the neighborhood kids came and watched so they'll be excited too.
Love, Aunt Ruth


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