Piglets running across my Permaculture planting. They dug up three Hazlenut before weaning. I purchased a Jostaberry and a Blackberry from Jung’s to replace them.
All of my Permaculture reading this winter led me to want to play myself. I’ve always wanted a windbreak north and west of my house, but I don’t like conifers. So I designed what will hopefully grow into an edible windbreak.
In a short-bottomed Y, placed on the contour of the land, I chisel-plowed this spring, then planted the trees and shrubs I purchased from our county, Jung’s, and Chief River Nursery as they arrived. I also dug a hole and placed a kiddie pool to collect rainwater for bucket irrigation when it turns dry this summer.
Below is a Juneberry. I also planted Hazlenut, Highbush Cranberry, Jostaberry, and Blackberry bushes. The trees I planted are Apple, Plum, Peach, Apricot, and Hackberry. If this planting goes well, I have an idea to continue the bottom of the Y with the contour of the land and continue to farm each side of it.
It’s been said the best time to plant a tree is ten years ago, and the second best time is today. The planting certainly doesn’t look like much today, but I hope I’m still blogging in ten years and can show you what it looks like then.