I just placed my order for more apple trees to replace those lost learning a hard lesson and I am working up our schedule for planting them along with a bunch of native bareroot trees and shrubs I ordered a couple of months ago from our local Conservation District Plant Sale:
- 25 Pacific Dogwood – these will be planted as understory trees to the Red Alder and Douglas Fir in our woodlot along the edges that can be seen from our future home
- 20 Pacific Willow – these will be planted in the swampy area adjacent to the road as you enter our property
- 10 Pacific Crabapple – these too will be planted along the road near the willows and may later be used as rootstock for future apple trees
- 10 Blue Elderberry – my earlier attempts to propagate from seed failed so I ordered seedlings. Half will be planted near our silt pond and half planted along the west end of our curtain drain slope
- 3 White Oak – just because I still dream of the oak savannah properties we looked at in Oregon years ago when we first started our farm quest. They will be beautiful replacements for some of the many Douglas Firs we have dotted about the property which will be harvestable by the time the oaks need the space. The oaks will eventually provide a pannage crop for pigs, albeit a long time from now.
They will be underplanted with hazelnuts and raspberries – crops we will see sooner than acorns.
M sketched this up on a piece of grocery bag while he was in Palo Alto, CA last week for work. I’m glad he took a photo of it since he left the original in the airport! I like to think someone found it, framed it and hung it up on their wall. I would have.
So if you do the math, that’s almost 100 trees/shrubs to dig holes for. It sounds like A LOT – and my back will tell you it is – but we have planted 200 trees at a time out there and it wasn’t even a drop in the bucket. Scale gets us every time. It makes sense why a good permaculturist will tell you to focus on Zone 1 first and then expand out from there. We are trying to stick to that tenant but getting the perennials in sooner rather than later seems to override our common sense at times. I think it is because of our age.
On top of the trees that are going to arrive in the next two weeks I still have tons of potted trees, shrubs, vines and herbs I propagated from seed last year waiting to be planted out at the farm. Well, at least I resisted the temptation of the zillions of tantalizing seed catalogs that filled my mailbox this winter… Which is good because I also just went through my saved seed inventory and realized I have a whole heck of a lot of seed that should be used before it is no longer viable.
Where am I going to put it all? I need that greenhouse… and now that I think of it – it’s in Zone 1!