I’ve been growing more trees, shrubs and vines for the farm here at home from seed (saved and purchased) and some from cuttings of plants I already have. From seed – true comfrey, sea buckthorn, Szechuan pepper, paulownia, osage orange, black locust, copper sedge. From cuttings – white concord grape, golden hops, golden raspberry, rosemary, bay, hardy fuschia, lemon geranium, hydrangeas. Plus I dig up the alder, hemlock and cedar seedlings I find in my home garden and hold them in a raised bed until I can plant them out at the farm.
I also have some fig and mulberry trees I purchased from a local nursery using my customer appreciation punch card, so they were “practically free”. I earned a bunch of points and then spent them during their big 40% off fall sale. Trying to stretch that dollar every chance I get.
The plan is to plant my stock out this fall. What I didn’t factor in was how ding dang big and fast everything would grow! The $64,000 question is how the hell am I going to get those trees transported without destroying them? They are 6 and 7 feet tall and seem to be growing by the hour. It’s a 2.5 hour drive in a pickup truck.
My yard and deck feel like a jungle but I know as soon as we get everything transported to the farm, it will only be a drop in the proverbial bucket. This will be a whole lot easier when I have a greenhouse, nursery beds and easy-to-access water for getting plants established directly on site. Just another layer of complication when you are split between two locations.