Monday, August 19, 2013

A Tiny Little Orchard

Since last Friday was our last furlough day, we worked most of both Friday and Saturday to plant a cute little orchard out in the backyard.  We started with an existing cherry tree (which the birds absolutely love), added another cherry, two peaches, and two little apples.  Then we dug up the little apricot (which had only a handful of blooms this year) and transplanted it into the new orchard.  There is one empty spot into which I plan to grow a second apricot.  It is so satisfying to look out and see the trees growing side by side - so full of potential.

We plan to prune the trees to keep them small so they were each planted 10 feet apart.  Since we have not been able to grow fruit without spraying, we plan to use a dormant oil spray followed by the organic spray called Surround.

Of course, I'll keep you posted on the progress of  our little orchard.  Now that furloughs are over, we'll have to re-adjust to a five-day work week.  It has been wonderful for hubby to have this extra time off.  Nevertheless, his work is suffering and it is time to get back to reality.

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