Jan 27, 2015

The Beginnings of an Orchard

Silence...again. Sorry! But I promise, we've been busy. During the week, Cameron and I have returned to our gym-rat ways. We used to go to the gym all the time when we first started dating. Usually two hours a day, all week long. When we got jobs, the gym time shortened somewhat and became a few days a week. After London, gym time became non-existent, mainly because to get to our gym we would have an hour drive just because of traffic. We went so little, we finally cancelled our memberships. 

And I was doing well running on my own, outside. But since we moved last year, I mainly run on the frontage road out front, and I was using the trail near our home on weekends, but after a mile, I felt the need to carry pepper spray due to the transient population living under bridges, that the stress from fear overruled the stress release running was providing me.   

But, there is also a 24-hour Fitness across the street from the girls daycare. And we have the time from when I get home after work until the time we absolutely have to pick the girls up that we could get a 30-45 minute workout. Then I found out my work provided memberships to 24-hour Fitness. We signed up. And have been going 3 days a week. 

On the weekends we have been trying to spend as much time as possible outside. Outside the thick fog we've been experiencing most mornings, getting outside hasn't been too hard. The girls are always asking to go see Sophie. We released Sophie just over a week ago, and she is doing fantastic. Minus the part where she really wants to come inside with us, she has already caught and delivered two "gifts" for us at our doorstep - one mouse and one vole. And when we're outside, she tends to tag along.

Cameron's done a little work on our chicken coop, and we will definitely need to get that completed soon. But we've been side-tracked with....planting our own little orchard. Costco recently had bareroot trees available. We bought 9! Eight are now in the ground. The ninth is a pomegranate tree, which are ornamental as much as they are productive, so we decided to put that one in the front yard. And this has allowed us to develop an idea for the front yard landscape. We're going to go the English Cottage garden route. Likely not much will happen this year, but maybe next. 

As for the other trees, we purchased & planted: 
  • 2 Red Apple Trees
  • 2 Granny Smith Green Apple Trees
  • 1 Plum
  • 1 Nectarine
  • 2 Peaches
Here are our "trees", yes they look more like sticks and are hard to see. The round mounds of moved Earth are you're clues as to where they are planted.

It's definitely going to be a few years before we get any produce from these trees, but that's why we've focused on trees so much since we moved in. The sooner we get them in, the sooner they will grow and provide shade and food.

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