Monday, 19 October 2009

The orchard and the berry patch

This is part of the orchard. Mainly the apple trees.
We built structures around them (stardroppers and polypipe) so that we can net them easily when the birds start eyeing our fruit. Thanks to Maggie & Bob who came up one day during the week and helped us build some more.
Can you see the little cherries? We are really hoping that this year is THE year when we can sample our own cherries. We will share with Maggie & Bob because the structure for the cherry tree was a real bugger to put up.The apples are flowering madly and the trees look incredibly beautiful. It is wonderful to just stand in the middle of the orchard, surrounded by trees covered in delicate white/pink flowers and the bees busy buzzing around.
The berry patch got a make-over. We removed the old leaking water tank, expanded the fence line towards the new tank in the background, put up new fencing and have nearly finished weeding the veggie beds.
The berry plants are looking healthy. It's a bit of a jungle.
The rows are getting skinnier and skinnier.
And today I moved the tomato seedlings from the windowsill. They are teenagers now and it was time to move them into the frames outside. They will get covered with windows in the evening. That should keep them safe from icy winds and late frosts.

1 comment:

Mickle in NZ said...

Everything growing and so green. Hope the rain stays falling for you over summer.

I'd love to be at your tidy up before the fire season "do" - pity The Ditch is so wide and deep. I'll be with you all in spirit!

Huggles from Michelle and Zebbycat