We have watched a lot of NCAA basketball the last week, but we have also spent a lot of time in the yard. After planting the 11 fruit trees, we decided to tear up more grass and plant about a dozen blueberries. When he wasn’t watching basketball last weekend, Matt was shoveling away sod to make room for the blueberries.
He also started working on our new vegetable bed in the front yard. Since our house faces south, we will plant most of the heat loving vegetables in the front and use the backyard garden for greens, beets, and other vegetables that aren’t as picky about their sunlight.
While Matt was digging away, I weeded what seemed like a truckload of little western bittercress and planted onions, fennel, kale, chard, and more salad greens. I also pruned the fruit trees. Talk about a traumatic experience. Matt watched in disbelief as I pruned each one to about half their original size. Although it seemed wrong to prune them so severely, I am convinced after seeing an orchard with properly pruned mature trees that it was the right thing to do.
We haven’t amended the soil and purchased the blueberries yet, but hope to accomplish that this weekend. Down to Earth has an incredible variety of blueberries and is expecting more in the next couple of days. Their blueberries come from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, which has a website with great information on the different varieties of blueberries and huckleberries they grow.
Below are photos of our yard and some of the projects that we’ve recently undertaken. As you can see, Matt took some of the photos from the roof of our house.