We are getting excited! Fall is arriving and we will be planting many of our fruit trees and shrubs soon!
Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers we cleared the area of weeds a few weeks ago. Also, several volunteers amended the soil for blueberries, cranberries and lingonberries.
This Sunday we are putting up a fence, to keep the deer out. Helpers are welcome!
Soon we will be seeding in dichondra repens. As a ground cover, it will help build humus, and improve soil fertility and beneficial soil life. It will keep the soil at more moderate temperatures and help retain moisture in the summer. And, it will also provide and keep detritus for natural mulching, prevent erosion, and build beneficial insect habitats. It is recommended that we wait for days to be in the 70’s and night’s in the 50’s to plant these.
We will also be seeding in more native herbaceous plants to attract beneficial insects. We have some nice ones blooming right now, but want to add some more clusters. Many of these seeds need a period of cold in order to sprout. So, as nature does it, we are planting them in the fall, and hopefully they will start growing in the spring.
Next week (Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on when they arrive) we will be planting strawberries. Yay, our first fruit producers! We are planting a variety of strawberries. Some will be native strawberries, with the added benefit of supporting native wildlife. They are supposed to provide small, but very flavorful berries. I can’t wait to taste them! We are also planting some typical spring bearing berries, everbearing berries (give fruit in spring and again later in the fall), and day neutral berries (provide fruit throughout the summer and into the fall). If all goes well we will have a long season of strawberries. Strawberries are originally forest plants, so the hope is that that they will do well with the trees, and support a healthy forest soil life.
On Saturday, September 17th, we will be building a Hugelkultur mound, a second area for blue berries, cranberries and lingonberries. Hugelkultur is an ancient European practice of burying logs under raised beds. These mounds build a rich soil life which is incredible for fertility, moisture retention, heat retention and just plain amazing growth. We have had some amazing results with hugelkultur mounds in our EDGE garden. We are looking for help building this mound. So, if you are interested in this method of gardening, come join us for a morning of digging and learning. You can also check out all the things growing on our EDGE garden hugel mounds.
Around the 1st of November, we will be receiving many other fruit plants: pears, plums, raspberries, blackberries, service berries, persimmons, cherries, and others. It will be a fun project to plant these bushes and trees in their new home. We would love for you to join us.