It has been a few weeks since my last post. We have been very busy getting things set up and in place to do quite a bit more on the website and even a podcast if all goes well. The new shop/office is nearly complete so I will have a dedicated space to keep myself organized. We have had several projects going at once, as is usual for me. The rain has been relentless and it seems everything is trying to float away. Outdoor projects involving building and planting sit unfinished waiting on the coastal weather to give us a break. I am very thankful we have not had a hurricane this year. everything is so saturate, with high winds we would likely lose a lot of trees.
I wanted to post some side by side photo comparisons of this years growth so far. I am glad we dug such large holes for the small rootstock, and amended the soil for additional drainage. I think it save these little guys as we have not lost anything due to drowning rains so far.
Most of the trees were bare root stock and the others were 2″ starter plants. Many of the plants were mulched with either cut winter grasses chopped and dropped or with wood chips. The volunteer grasses have been a problem, vrabgrass in particular. I will just try and keep it at bay until the plants get established. I regret not overseeding with nitrogen fixing legumes at least, but I did not. A lesson learned as usual. We will see how things turn out in the end. I love a good challenge!
I will try and add a few of these comparison pics in each week. There are a lot more trees. You kind of realize how much you plant when you go back and look at all the pictures. There are probably another 100+ trees/bushes to post. I will also do a comparison showing location differences. I planted 5 paw paws in different degrees of shade to see how they do. I also planted 6 or 7 loquats the same way. I wanted to see how wind exposure, microclimates, and companion and competing plants would effect them. You can read till your eyes hurt, but in the end you just gotta try some stuff and see what happens.