Right about now some of the trees will be in full bloom. I planted this orchard last summer before I had equipment to turn soil and till it up. There was a really nice excavator guy who was digging the hole for the foundation of the workshop and I asked him really nicely if he could turn the grass over on a small spot in the meadow. Okay, so I gave him $100, too.
He did a pretty decent job turning the soil but what I didn’t factor in was that this piece of grass here, had not been farmed or turned or likely even broken for over a decade. I decided, having already parted with $100 that I had to make the best of this spot and made a bargain with my then eight-year-old son that I would pay him a nickel for every rock he pulled out of there that was bigger than his fist. By noon I owed him $10, by four o’clock, close to $35. Okay, at least the job was done and all I had to do was dig the massive holes to put the roots.
It was thirty-six degrees(C) that day and not a cloud in the sky. I did what I had to do. I turned on the sprinkler, attached to a hose, attached to the pump atop the well and plugged into the gas powered generator, and started digging. The sprinkler was not for the soil, it was for my back, and strategically aimed at me for the duration. After each hole was dug, I adjusted the spray for the next hole to be dug. By the end of the day, we were all well watered and seemed to be doing fine.
This meadow is on a slight slope to the south, maybe 15 degrees or so, and has lots of grass and milkweed with a few raspberry canes here and there. I will have to pull the raspberries and a few of the milkweed (reluctant to disturb these as we have a fantastic population of Monarch Butterflies laying eggs on these)
This year, I got a tiller for my birthday! Rates up there with the most perfect birthday gift of all time, for me.
I’ll run it through the centre isle of the orchard and till up some of the ground on the other side of it to add a few more trees.
I hear that Quince grows well in the Maritimes. I have never tasted Quince, but I have seen a few recipes for pies and pastries that call for it, so maybe it is worth planting. I know they look like pear, but beyond that… no clue. If anyone has a tasted description for me, I’m all ears.