At least I hope so. The weather this weekend, although a chilly 30º F when I woke up this morning, is heading into the low to mid 50s with some sun!! We haven’t seen the sun in what feels like a lifetime. Temps for the next 10 days are looking good as well, remaining in the 50s and 60s during the days, with most overnights in the low 40s.
Plants are beginning to arrive like crazy. The potatoes are here, although they won’t get planted for another couple of weeks. Shallot sets and horseradish root arrived yesterday, but it will be another week or so before I plant those as well.
N and I headed to St. Lawrence Nurseries early this morning to collect my bare root babies — 5 Amelanchier canadensis ‘Princess Diana’, 4 Prunus Americana (Native American Plum), 5 Ribes sp. ‘Red Lake’, and 3 Amelanchier stolonifera ‘Fergie’. They were all planted today.
The Ribes had a little more substance to them (see below), but still look like sticks stuck into the ground. I planted the fifth red currant near some of the fruit trees as part of the to-be added guild, as well as two of the ‘Fergie’s’.
Below, is the 1st row of fruit trees in the orchard with the asparagus bed and black currants to the right. I’m hoping this will area will look substantially different by August once the guild is in place.
Lastly, I planted the 4 Native American Plums and 1 of the ‘Fergie’s’ near the cherry grove. They’re planted 5′ apart and will eventually grow into a hedge that will serve as a screen to block the view of the fire pit and large compost piles from the road. I’m also going to “guild” this row of trees, so laid down the sheet mulch today (layer of wool from the sheep, covered with compost, then a layer of cardboard topped by more compost and garden soil). Ideally, it should be topped with some type of mulch, but I don’t have straw and I ran out of energy before I could top it with bark mulch. I’ll probably wait until after I plant to mulch anyway.
Back to the to-do list…I also received email notification that my new bare root roses are shipping this week from David Austin and will arrive on Thursday. They will go into the ground immediately upon arrival as well (well, at least by that evening when I return home from work).
Also on the agenda for this weekend: sheep hoof trimming; removal of insulation from hen and duck coops (done); unwrapping the roses (done); begin the hardening off process for the onion and leek seedlings (they will go into the garden next weekend); begin some much needed cleanup in the borders; and possibly plant some sweet peas, peas, and the first succession sowing of kale, lettuces, carrots, and beets (if the raised beds are not too wet).
Poppy seeds will get scattered into a few of the mixed borders as well. You can never have enough poppies!
If I still have time, and energy, I will begin the prep for the expanded Bee and Butterfly border in the front yard as well. And I have to start building the sheet mulch around the fruit trees for my guild…and, and, and…the list is a long one. If only I didn’t need to work full-time!
Lastly, managed to snap a few more photos late this afternoon. We actually have some blooms, and I saw the first bee of the year!!