Setting Posts & Counting Trees

pecan orchard

Yesterday was a busy day. The two old headboards are going to work just perfectly as the garden’s gate. There was concern they may be too narrow for driving through so they were hauled down to the field, laid side-by-side in the spot where they will one day hang proudly, and the car was pulled up to them. It was a perfect fit, with even a little room to spare! Halleluia! 

Two railroad cross ties were set – one at the northern-most corner of the fence and the other at the garden’s entrance which will be used to hang the first headboard from. The post that was to be used to hang the second headboard from was already up as it is the eastern-most fence corner. But to everyone’s dismay, it was discovered that the eastern corner post isn’t going to work as a gate post because the ground there is somewhat uneven making that post several inches lower than the other. So, rather than cut the first gate post down to size (which might actually make the fence turn out rather strange looking) it was decided to simply set another post. That means there is still one final railroad cross-tie left to be set before the gate can go up. But soon. Soon the garden’s gate will be up.

The fence line was stretched making it possible to lay out and mark the tiny orchard that will be planted at the garden’s northern end. It appears there is enough room for nine trees. So in November four Arkansas Black apple trees, four Yellow Delicious apple trees, and one Transcendant Crabapple tree will be planted in this area. This is just a little-bity orchard but nine apple tree are plenty for one person to care for, especially when everything will be done organically and without the help of modern equipment.

The locations for two pecan trees and two sugar maple trees were marked as well. The pecan trees will be planted at the south end of the field and the maple trees will be planted to the west. When these trees are grown they will make a very comfortable, cool and well shaded area around the field for cooling off in during the very hot summer months. The maple trees will shade the compost bins, garden shed, and vegetable washing areas late in the evening and the pecan trees will shade the driveway leading into and out of the field. All of the trees will be planted outide the garden fence in locations where they will not to interfere with the amount of sun the vegetable and fruit crops recieve during the growing season.

The area around the outside of the garden fence was mowed with a riding mower and the area inside the fence was mowed with a push mower/mulcher. The need for mowing and the area to be mowed will greatly reduce in time as additional planting beds are established, more fruit trees are planted, tiny vineyards and perennial beds are planted, hoop houses are constructed, and weeds begin to be overtaken by grasses and green manures.