200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Guess What Time It Is
Maybe I'm a bit early for this, but I've already begun thinking about what to plant.
I think I want the orchard to have 3 apple trees (focused on cider, keeping and eating), 2 pear trees, 2 apricot trees and 2 peach trees. From reading the St Lawrence Nurseries catalog, I see that they don't use dwarf rootstock, meaning I'll have to allocate 20-30 feet per tree. Meaning I have to go out and measure the space I've set aside for the orchard to make sure I could actually fit all those trees in, and then learn to prune to keep the tree sizes semi-manageable. For the first year, I'll probably buy maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of the trees, so if I screw up while learning how to plant trees, I haven't lost a huge investment.
I'm still thinking about what to plant in the three raised beds. It's a bunch more space than I had last year and I really wouldn't count last year as a year I did any planting or taking care of plants. What I did is plant boughten plants into the flowerbeds and then basically neglected them. I got an ear of corn from 6 plants, two tomatoes from 6 plants, a single head of broccoli from six plants and a TON of cucumbers from one plant. I'd call this year my second try at beginning planting!
I want to get the seed decisions out of the way early so I can figure out what to do with the dirt that the logger has, unfortunately, not provided yet and maybe build a cold frame. Today I'm working (can't you tell?) from home because I can't bear to leave the dogs outside in this zero-degree weather with HUGE winds blowing up the hill. Honestly, last night I thought the wind was going to blow the house down! Didn't sleep well at all.