Spring is here, and this year we don’t have to wait for the rain to be able to plant, so we’ve been going crazy.
We’ve planted trees, and already have quite a few young almonds, peaches, plums, and mulberries growing, so the year looks to be a fruity one. Beneath the trees there are a bunch of herbs, berries, alfalfa, purslane and so on. We covered everything in mulch to help keep in moisture and protect young plants from the wind. However, the guineas then decided they wanted to look for bugs in the mulch, so started digging things up. So we had to cut Juniper branches and put them around young plants to protect the mulch – luckily nothing was harmed before we intervened.
We have also started a couple of hedges, on the north of the orchard and around the circle drive. These consist of drought tolerant plants (sage, lavender, rosemary, roses), spaced a couple of feet apart. We’re watering these with buckets (including laundry water) until they get established, and hopefully we’ll then be able to leave them to their own devices.