|Posted by Angela Diaz on March 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM|
Well, finally we had a little break in the cold weather last weekend and I jumped on the opportunity to run outside and get som gardening done. My yard looked like a horrible wreck all winter long and I just ached for all the horrendous snow to melt so that I can get some things started. Here's what I got done:
1. Planted 3 raspberry and one blackberry cane
2. Planted 2 blueberry bushes
3. Planted my garlic cloves
4. Repaired three of my raised beds. One or two sides of three of my raised beds have fallen down. I made these about five years ago with non-treated wood planks. Should have used cedar. It's more expensive, but doesn't rot as quickly. Still, for the few bucks these cost, they lasted five years and will serve me well this season too.
5. Fluffed up the soil in my garden beds (tell you what...the soil is so soft, rich and dark!)
6. Cut the branches in pieces that were pruned off my apple tree in January.
7. Tilled up about 10 x 10 foot area of my yard and removed the weeds.
8. Repaired some of the nets on my trellises and set up two of them. The other two still need some parts of the net repaired and then they'll go up too.
Overall, it was a very productive day and I felt very accomplished. Here are more some things I would like to add to my garden this year:
1. Cherry tree
2. Peach tree
3. Jerusalem artichoke bed
4. Grape vine
If all goes well, I will have apples, plums, peaches, cherries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries fruiting every year on their own. What an accomplishment that would be. I've never grown blueberries, raspberries or blackberries before so I hope what I put in will do well. I've also never grown grapes before. I'm starting off with a concord grape vine this year and if that goes well, I'd like to get two other grape varieties. I will achieve ultimate stardom (in my own eyes) if I can build a hen house and have about three egg-laying hens. Technically, I'm not allowed to have hens in the city, but I'm going to see if I can get away with it. The only way I'll get in trouble if one of my neighbors rats me out, but I don't see why they would if the hens don't cause a ruckus. If they wanted to complain about something, they should have complained about my barking pit-bulls by now.
I did all this last Saturday. This weekend I was hoping to build my grape vine support (planning to use two split-board posts and two 11-foot long split board rails). Unfortunately, it's raining all weekend, so I didn't get anything done. (sad face).
I have so many new projects and learning experiences planned this year. I'm already trying to grow new things (I'll post the success or failure of my experiments). I'd like to take food preservation to a whole new level. I want to learn to make jams and jellies and can them, learn how to use a pressure canner to can green beans and corn and such, and learn to make new recipes with my bounty. If I get blueberries, for example, I'd like to make a blueberry pie. I don't eat pies, but maybe it'll taste better if I make it myself from what I grew in my yard. Kind of like how I don't like apple sauce but when I made it, HOLY COW! It was delicious! Maybe I can even learn how to make raspberry tea from the leaves of the raspberry vines (if that's what you make raspberry tea with). One thing about urban homesteading is that this never gets old or boring. There is absolutely always something new to try or learn to do. Every single thing I learn to do on my own not only saves me money, but it's always healthier for my family and more sustainable for our environment. It's a win/win/win thing. I can feel 100% good about what I'm doing.