Thursday, April 18, 2013

In the garden

I don't get to spend much time in my garden this next month. Nicole and I travel to London in just one week. But the weather was so nice this morning. I spent 3 hours pulling weeds and planting boxwood around my raised beds in the vegetable garden. Eventually we will get rid of the cheap wood we built the beds with. The beds will have boxwood boarders. But boxwood can be expensive, so I just buy what I can afford when it goes on sale. And the plants I buy are small, so it could take awhile before I have boxwood boarders. Nicole planted our flat peaches, a giant rose and our redwood tree. We have had the redwood sitting in the compost pile I have in the greenhouse. I didn't want to see it damaged by the long cold winter. I bought it last fall. But now it has time to get established. I also have 10 Christmas trees in the greenhouse I need to plant. I was waiting until the grass was finished. So I guess I can plant them too. My plan was to have a mini tree farm. Christmas trees cost 35€ each. I thought if I grew 10 trees, I would not have to pay for trees for 10 years. And the trees only cost 19€ for 10. They will not be big enough for Christmas trees for maybe 5 years, but then I'll have trees for the next decade. And if they get too big I can just give them to our church, or a school or something. I may even choose to keep one or two trees. We had no trees in this garden when we moved here 2 years ago. None at all. So I have planted a magnolia, a redwood, 4 apples, 2 peaches, and a plum. We also have 2 Japanese maple bushes, Some lilac bushes, giant roses (7) and many other plants. It's filling in nicely. It will be a park one day. And soon we will have nice grass and a wild flower meadow. I love my yard, can you tell?

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