Last time I make an entry on this blog was last spring right before we planted our fruit trees. I think I said I would have pictures up by the end of May… oops!
What can I say, life got busy and something had to go.
Well, to catch this blog up on the happenings around Terhune House I have a few stories to tell, and you’ll be happy to know that I am starting where I left off…
The Fruit Trees
We planted 8 apple trees, which will be grown on a trellis (espalier). We also planted 2 sour cherries and 2 plums in our front yard. The trees came in April and Dave planted them while I was gone so unfortunately the photos are few and pretty poor phone pics. (Its hard to do and photograph.)
This is what we have…
preparing the holes
The fruit trees are planted so that the graft is 1-2 inches above ground level.
Right after we got them in the ground we took off for a whirlwind trip out east for our son, Caleb’s college graduation
and to visit our daughter, Erin in her new hometown, Brooklyn, NY.
When we returned we put in the post for the apple trellis. (No Pictures, but there was a lot more hole digging!) Next month we will run the wire and prune the apples into the horizontal formation. Eventually the branches will fill in and form a living wall. The plan is to have a flagstone patio between the apples and the house… but we’ll see if that plan changes or not. Our plans almost always adapt. (Landscape plan case in point.)
The changes or developments we make, be it to our gardens or house have almost always been large projects with multiple steps and once we have done the first step and then lived “in progress” mode for a while, the plan or project seems to evolve, ending in an end product that is much different than what we envisioned to start with.
For example, this patio I just mentioned, It occurs to me that there is a space issue. Between the trees and the house we are adding a shed and a porch so there might not be enough room for a patio after all.
Here is what our baby orchard looks like now…
the Pink Lady is the tallest tree on the right.
I worry about our trees with the extreme cold. The apple trees are well protected from the wind with the arborvitaes, fence and house, but the cherries and plums are not. I guess we’ll see in the spring which are hardy and which are not. Everything we planted are rated for zone 4b or lower except for one apple- the Pink Lady, but the temp has plummeted to -30F with windchill -50F, that’s arctic cold people!
By the way look at how much the Arborvitaes have grown this year…
note height in reference to horizontal fence board.
We have had some pretty extreme weather in Wisconsin the past two years and I actually have been wondering if it is even practical it is to be planting perennials of any kind any more. Plants that tolerate the intense heat and drought are not all that hardy in the extreme cold and vice versa. We have had both. The world is changing and so must our farming/gardening practices. But that’s a topic for another post.