My peach, plum and cherry trees bloomed and my pear started to release their buds.
I’ve been very busy with the fruit trees this month. I’m completely re-doing their irrigation and replacing the mint ground cover with compost and mulch. I can get one tree done in a day, a bit quicker when Brett helps bring over cart-fulls of compost and shredded bark. The orchard has always looked a bit unkempt and I’m really happy with how clean it looks now. The trees should be happier too. I’ve learned a lot about orchard care in my classes and am busy practicing what they taught us.
|Before — a tangle of weeds and mint (still dormant) under the trees|
|Ground-cover gone and replaced with a layer of compost topped with shredded bark mulch.|
Flowers are making the garden bright and cheerful. There are still daffodils, poppies and pansies. This month they were joined by Japanese quince and violas.
|Poppies and pansies|
Despite the usual days of rain and the snow, which we desperately need, we have had a few days of sunshine between storms. Those are the days I wear holes in my gardening gloves and cover my pants in dirt. Those are my favorite days.