This year we didn’t do anything special and like of lot of other people we took advantage of an extra day off to get a lot done around the farm. Here is a before picture of a little spot on our sideyard. There are a few big pine trees along with some large rocks and our Centennial Farm sign sits right in front, facing the road. Our garden ends just a few feet to the left of this picture. I needed a good place to plant my raspberry bushes and since this area needed a little sprucing up I decided to “kill two birds with one stone”.
We don’t have any hedge trimmers (I added them to the wedding registry list 😉 ) so I used a hand saw and hacked off all the dead and hanging branches. I moved that rotting log and dug up a nice area for the bushes. I avoided most of the tree roots and was able to dig 8-12 inches deep. I had purchased 3 Everbearing Heritage bushes and some friends gave me a lot of “suckers” from their patch. They don’t know what kind they are since they got them from a friend as well but their patch produces a bounty of large berries every year so I wasn’t about to turn down their offer. Several of the plants probably won’t make it due to root damage while digging them up so I planted them closer than normal. I mulched all around them with straw and watered them well.
The results is quite pleasing to look at, especially compared to what was there before. I also had yet to plant my 25 Strawberry plants. I found a great wooden barrel at an auction that I wanted to use for strawberries but that was a bigger project than I wanted for one day so I picked another spot. I can always buy more plants for the barrel later. When we first moved in there were overgrown bushes 10-20′ out around the front porch. While pulling them out Brian found this great iron pot. Since it is still sitting in our front yard I thought it was as good a place as any to put strawberries. I planted them in a circle and mulched them with straw. Eventually we will move this pot and possibly even hang it. It should be a pretty sight with berries spreading out over the sides. I also planted some onions that I had started indoors and some carrot seeds.
I went back out tonight and covered everything with thick blanket of straw since, of course, they’re calling for a hard frost tonight. Yesterday was 86 degrees and humid, today is 50-55ish and windy. I guess that’s what we get for living in Michigan!
I ordered a couple books the other day and the first one arrived today. It is “Day Range Poultry” by Andy Lee. I’ll report on it in a later post, sounds like a good night to cuddle up with the dogs and a big blanket and tear in to it!