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    George Shirley Guest

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    Today we planted a Celeste fig tree and four different varieties of high
    bush blueberries in our backyard. Good thing we were prepared to mix up
    some decent soil. Turns out our whole backyard is nothing but a mix of
    clay and sand, in other words, fill dirt. Most likely to meet the 500
    year flood plain rules.

    We mixed up some cow manure composted with pine bark and peat moss to
    fill in around the blueberries and, to a certain extent, the fig tree.
    With the fig we mixed up a lot of the fill dirt with some composted cow
    manure and just a little bit of peat moss. The clay will likely hold
    water like a steel pot so we will have to watch that our plants don't drown.

    Next step is to build a four by sixteen foot raised bed garden, for
    which we will mix up a soil recommended by the original Square Foot
    Gardener. We will also have a four by four foot raised bed off to one
    side for me to raise culinary herbs in.

    We are forgoing any other fruit trees at the moment but will eventually
    put in a kumquat and maybe a three-in-one pear tree. Debating whether to
    rip out the six-year old live oak in the front yard and replace it with
    a fruit tree or not. Not a lot you can do with such a small lot. We are
    looking forward to replacing the front hedge and low plantings with
    something like Mexican bush cherry, which grows about four or five feet
    high and then planting Rainbow chard at the foot of that. Most folks
    won't know that the bush cherry actually grows edible cherries and that
    chard is actually a well-liked green.

    We're slowly getting this place into the order we want and still have
    lots of boxes to unpack. Finding a place to put stuff is a problem,
    either that or we just have to much stuff. We have a couple of big boxes
    that are going soon to our church charity building. Someone else may
    have more use for somethings than we do.

    Luckily we have enough canned and frozen vegetables to carry us for a
    year, not to mention beau coup jams, jellies, and marmalades.

    We hope all are staying warm in the Southern Canada area of the US of A
    and also the other places that are cold now. Temps hit 78F here
    yesterday and today and probably tomorrow. Tilly Dawg laid in a sunbeam
    and snored while we were working and then got busy chasing some birds
    away that were sitting on the fence watching. Rascals were probably
    hoping we would put a seed in the ground that they could eat.

    George, Miz Anne, and Tilly Dawg

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    songbird Guest

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    George Shirley wrote:
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    > We hope all are staying warm in the Southern Canada area of the US of A
    > and also the other places that are cold now. Temps hit 78F here
    > yesterday and today and probably tomorrow. Tilly Dawg laid in a sunbeam
    > and snored while we were working and then got busy chasing some birds
    > away that were sitting on the fence watching. Rascals were probably
    > hoping we would put a seed in the ground that they could eat.


    much to be inspired by in there George!

    i think the blueberries are ok with wet
    roots sometimes. or at least the smaller
    versions seem to grow in bogs around here.
    any new mulch should be sure to include some
    acidic content.

    fig trees, don't have any experience, but
    if they like dryer roots you could mound the
    soil. that is what we do here for plants that
    need dryer roots than what the clay and high
    water table provide.

    i'd replace the treee out front ASAP. why
    waste time? might set it back further from
    the house, walks and driveway if the location
    of the oak was closer. birds, dropping blooms
    and fruit fall all make enough mess to make it
    worth siting trees a little further away. less
    mess on the car, house, and walk that ways.

    always something to keep busy that is for sure.
    a good snore in the sun is well worth it.

    plenty of cold here, but it went from snow
    last night to rain this morning. i think we're
    in for a bit of a thaw for a day or two. i'll
    let the rain melt the snow and then see what is
    left to shovel...


    songbird

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    Carol S Guest

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    Am glad you are getting a start on your trres and bushes George...too
    bad you have fill dirt in the yard ...more work for you to prepare for
    your garden....don't do too much at once and injure yourself...Carol


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    songbird Guest

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    George Shirley wrote:
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    how's it coming along George?


    songbird

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