Went over to my mom’s place in Butte Valley this past weekend.
We expanded the orchard. We planted out 4 pomegranate bushes, 1 grapefruit tree, and 2 fig trees.
The varieties we planted include:
- Akbuh (pomegranate)
- Sirineyi (pomegranate)
- Palermo (pomegranate)
- Armenian (fig)
- Excel (fig)
Digging in the recently rained-on soil was very easy–quite a contrast to the sun hardened soil of Summer.
I ensured the plants would be successful by adding an excess of biological nutrition. After making a hole, I planted and then back filled with the existing soil. The remainder I filled with worm-rich worm castings. I covered up the worms and castings with horse manure, so the worms would have food and shelter. Finally, I pushed in fava beans, which will slowly fix nitrogen as they grow. If I had added rock dust, oyster shell, green sand and mycorrhiza innoculant my plant nutrition would be even more complete. Maybe next year…
Because the orchard is on a hill side, we used rocks to terrace the planting beds.
We also started a rock wall below one of the manure piles. Next year, after the manure has composted, this will make another great garden bed.