There was a lot of garbage to throw away. We decided to keep the bricks, concrete, and sandstone. There was also a very large branch that broke off from our neighbor’s tree.
In the midst of the cleanup, we found Garter Snakes and got pretty excited because they are very helpful when it comes to getting rid of certain pests such as slugs, ants, crickets, and rodents. And they are too cute!
For the next tree to plant, we did what we learned in a workshop at OSU Extension and mixed compost, manure and soil from the site. We dug a hole deep enough so that the graft will be a little higher than the ground, and wide enough for the roots to fit comfortably.
The end result is a newly planted, healthy Honey Crisp Apple Tree!
Next, we tackled the planting of the red haven peach tree, the last of the five.
When we finished planting the tree, we breathed a sigh of relief because it took a few weeks before we put the last tree in and we were worried because we were told to put the trees in asap, but it took us a lot longer than we thought it would.
While we were out in the garden, we saw a landscaping company cleaning damage from a recent storm at the school across the street from the garden and asked if they would dump their load, they said yes and we got free leaf delivery along with a lot of garbage.
Because of the surprise leaf delivery, we had to build a compost bin on the fly, so this is what we came up with.
Some neighborhood kids helped us to build and shovel leaves into the bin. We would have finished moving the pile of leaves into the bin, but we had to sift the garbage out of the pile so it took us a lot longer, and we had to stop early because of rain.