I have been working on a project for about 15 months now and I am finally beginning to see the end of the tunnel. It took so long for a number of reasons. 1.) Incredible amount of physical labor in clearing the area, hauling approximately 3 tons of flagstone in my pickup along with several loads of 86/10 gravel for the base and finally cracked pea gravel to finish it off. 2.) Trying to work in other projects that were time sensitive, i.e. the kitchen garden, the vegetable garden, setting up the bee hives, the chicken tractors and fencing, getting the garden shed installed and the barn built. 3.) I'm getting to damn old to be working this hard!.
Anyway, the project has shaped up nicely with several modifications made that were not in my original plans.
I purchased the vinyl arbor at at local auction for $90 and the fencing on Craigslist for $100.
Composted the corn stalks and planted a cover crop of buckwheat for the bees. The Rattlesnake pole beans have done really well this year. Cynthia and her mother put up quite a few in the freezer to enjoy over the winter. The bell peppers and Jalapeños are producing like gangbusters and jalapeño poppers are one of my new favorite football snacks. The okra is producing very well, having to be cut every 2-3 days.
Little Lucy (Red) and Emerald Okra
The young chicks continue to flourish. They probably will not start laying until next spring, so we are not expecting any eggs from them at this time. The old girls are coming out of molting which has decreased their egg production, but should pick up a little now.
The chicks really like their watermelon treats!
Butterfly bush and Sweet Autumn Clematis
Thunbergia alata- Climbing Black Eyed Susan Vine
I attended the walk in the orchard tour at Petals from the Past in Thorsby. Dr. Powell talked about different varieties of apple, pears, figs, grapes and muscadines. We then took a tour of the orchard and he showed how the fruit trees and vining fruit were grown on trellis. I plan on planting some apple and pear trees in November using this method. I would recommend these tours to anyone interested and Dr. Powell does a fantastic job educating on all aspects of fruit growing and production. (Note how many apple and pears are on these trees, simply amazing!)
Cumberland Spur Apples
Dr. Arlie Powell
Espaliered Asian Pear Trees
This concludes the blog rewind series. My next post will bring everything up to date, and hopefully, I will be able to keep it current or at least more frequently than every 15-18 months. Thanks to everyone who have taken the time to visit this blog.