Planting fruit trees: the preparation

At the end of September, Thom Marti came out to the Painted Turtle Farm again, but this time to teach us about digging holes for fruit trees. We will be putting in 4 trees, two each of apple and pair, in the spring, but needed to choose potential sites and prepare the holes for planting. Thom brought some of his digging tools along and taught us the proper method for getting into the ground and went over some basics, such  as how far apart the trees should be planted and how large the holes would have to be to accommodate for the root masses.

The holes were approximately a foot and a half down, and about two feet wide.

The holes were approximately a foot and a half down, and about two feet wide.

Becca digs into the ground with Oscar & Sandra

Becca digs into the ground with Oscar & Sandra

The holes were then filled with organic material and covered with pallets to prevents animals from getting in. The soil will be kept and used to fill the holes when we get the trees in the springtime.

 Additionally, we had some volunteers who come out every week harvest some produce and do some much needed weeding. Thanks guys!

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Taming the berry patch

Taming the berry patch

Harvesting the green beans

Harvesting the green beans

Adrienne gathering some harvested produce

Adrienne gathering some harvested produce

look at those carrots!!

look at those carrots!!

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