I should have started a thread for my stuff when I joined but I’m timid about starting threads. I guess it’s time.
we have a quarter acre of ground not counting the house. the soil is mostly silt and city dirt- I started adding mulch, compost, straw, and horse poop about 8 years ago. I focused on veggies at first.
“came with the house”
flowering bush of unknown pedigree
2 100+ year old pine/fir
tall juniper with the top cut off, 60+years old
black raspberries, unknown age
2 red barberry
quack grass, skeleton rushweed, small useless rocks
many unsightly yellow tulips
things in the ground 5+ years:
Hardy pink hibiscus
unknown grape vine
lilacs, white and purple
3 honey locust
2 black locust
prairie and white sage patches
2 large galliardia patches
slowly dying 10 foot tall Doug fir
3-5 years in ground or container:
unknown big box “apple tree”
2 native plums
grape hyacinths, garlic stands
yellow climbing rose
red climbing rose
alpune strawberries that never produced
2 sumac (I grow it for the spice)
van Buren grapes
braeburn on dwarf
some honey crisp variety apple, unlabeled
2 dwarf cherry
ostrich fern (likely dead, multiple)
2 dead roses
2 puny shagbark hickory
containers more than 2 years old-
CH fig, multiple
desert King fig
Celeste (drops all figs)
2 olive, arbequina and koroneiki
a begonia or geranium thing
banana, Hungarian sweet, and hot peppers
mexicola avocado 3 year old in pot
multiple figs in containers
Orleans renette apple
trailman apple (dead)
gravenstein and mulberry and another dead apple
2 pawpaw seedlings
another olive variety (in pot)
blue salvia, bachelor button patch
Jefferson hazelnut, 2
unnamed cider crab
things I’ve killed/that have died
blueberries, birch, sugar maple, a white oak seedling, multiple apple tree whips, removed a black locust
the front of my property is unfenced, we are in the middle of town, no deer. occasional rabbit or possum. never seen a raccoon. squirrels are the enemy here.
the front is all sun, hot and dry, exposed in winter, south facing, I planted jujube and ditch lilies and bulbs out there, and the mint family plants, and yarrow. the side is even hotter and drier, my native perennials are fighting old quack grass, skeleton rushweed and scotch broom over there. the prairie sage expands every year, luckily.
behind the house is 8 foot fencing, on the left half, my fruit trees make rows along the fence then every ten feet from that, they’re about 5 to 8 feet apart. all but a few are dwarfing rootstock or semi dwarf, but I prune short because in old and short. between them are mound beds.
on the right half is the hoophouse, a nice shed, a big keyhole raised bed, with a few fruit trees at the corners. my bulbs are along the back fence.
all the way to the right hand fence is a potting table, then back in the east facing corner is a log pile of failed mushroom attempts, rain barrels, and the hazelnuts and quince.
the gooseberries and other climbers grow up next to the house, north facing. I would like to clear off and enclose my back porch in glass for a warm area for winter, just haven’t gotten there yet.
this year I’ve got a new 7x14x8 tall greenhouse to put up somewhere and got to move/repurpose the hoophouse.
I am going to plant melons from the shed out onto the grass I’m trying to kill. we also have the junk zone where we have things I’ve got to get rid of in some way.
photos from this year.
far left damp shaded corner- pawpaws, lilacs, forsythia, fat bellied juniper, honey locust in foreground, climbers, a mulberry
looking left, mound beds, dying Doug fir, plum and other trees along fence line and between beds
containers in the sun, and some junk
down the center with the helpers
looking right- raised bed, shed
, hoophouse, other stuff
along the fence to the right- hazelnut are to the right, hoophouse to the left
climbers on the right, rain barrels are at the roof corner to catch runoff. gooseberries, ferns, teaberry, a few fancy tulips, saffron crocus, and other things
will get front and side pictures tomorrow most likely. hope this thread is ok, and always listening to ideas and advice.