I’ve been on the fence about where I see myself living in the long term and this year I decided that I’ll probably stay here for a while. I have a few fruit trees in the ground and some other edible perennials, but I’ve been a little hesitant to put things in the ground just because of the likelihood that I was going to move somewhere else. There’s a lot of good reasons for me to stay put in this house (for one, I’ll have it paid off by the time I’m 39 at the current rate) and unless I do something like marry Mrs. Duggar, it’ll probably meet every need I’ll have in the future.
Not only was the prospect of moving on my mind, I also told myself that I needed my lawn for my dogs. This is true, but it dawned on me that the majority of the tree exists in the air and underneath the ground and there’s usually only a small trunk at the surface level. No shit, Ryan. Putting in a few trees wouldn’t take hardly anything at all from the dogs. They might even like having more things to run around, more things to observe and more shady spots in the summer.
I’ve had my order out for plants for quite a while and I’m fine-tuning my plans for where things are going. I called the utility companies the other day to get them to mark out the lines, so hopefully they get here tomorrow. Then over the next few daysI’ll put the trees and shrubs in.
I have the following trees coming: Plum, Crabapple, Sweet Pit Apricot, Cherry, a 5-in-1 Pear and a mini-dwarf apple. I picked up a few more container-sized trees – two Evereste Crabapples and a Necta Zee nectarine.
I have raspberries, several currants, elderberries, sea buckthorn, gojis, Nanking cherries, kiwi, Rugosa roses, maypop and a few other odds and ends coming too.
The plan this year is to put down the trees and start working on a food forest where I’ll have the trees surrounded by layers of shrubs, herbs, roots and vines. I’d like to put in a brick path that leads to….somewhere and have this path lined with shrubs and mini-dwarf trees.
My front yard is fairly shady with a few partial-shade spots and a bit of full sun areas. Right now I have a little bit of catnip, a dwarf peach tree and about a dozen or two strawberry plants here and there but I’d like to get more production out of the front. Right now I’m thinking of taking a sunny space about 3′ x 20′ on the side of the house and filing it with edible ornamentals as well as putting in crabapple and cherry trees and maybe elderberries.
Another project I’d like to tackle is the issue of my deck. It’s a nice deck and very big but it’s kind of miserable during the day in the summer just because it’s so damn hot. I’d like to make the space productive and nice to hang out in, but it’s hard to get things to grow in containers with the sun constantly beating down on it. It’s really nice at night though. I’m not sure if I want to build a trellis over part of it but I suppose that’s an option.
I’ve drawn up a rough plan for what I have and have coming and will post pictures and updates as I go as well as some of my thoughts and anything I come across that I feel is worth sharing with the world. The more I think about it, I have a lot of possibilities with my less than a quarter acre lot and no reason NOT to go wild. My neighbors probably already think I’m a little weird, I don’t see myself trying to sell the place anytime soon and my dogs will be fine.