Monday, May 4, 2020

Planting a Bare-Root Tree

*My son had to write a “How To” for school.  Enjoy learning how to plant a bare-root tree.*

Today I’m planting a bare-root Apple tree.  You will need: a tree, shovel and water.  

First you pick a good spot for your tree, your spot should have good soil and lots of sun throughout the day.

Next you need to dig the hole for your tree. The hole should be deep enough to cover the roots, and twice the width of the tree roots.  That allows space for the roots to grow and become root bound.

Then check the tree roots.  Trim off roots that are growing up, or that are too long, or broken.

After that set the tree in the hole and cover carefully. Break up any dirt clumps. Make sure you don’t cover the graft.

Finally, once your done with all the previous steps you’ll need to water the tree.  Enjoy your new tree!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Wood chips and potatoes

It’s gardening time!

I’m trying a new method for my potatoes this year.  Instead of planting them in dirt, they went in wood chips.  Two years ago we covered the area with about a foot of wood chips and let them sit to improve the soil.  I raked two rows down to the dirt.  

I added some compost to the bottom of the rows.  

I planted both Yukon and some reds.  I don’t typically cut up my potatoes.  Just make sure there are at least 3 eyes starting to sprout on each potato, and they are facing up when you place them.  

I marked my rows, and covered them with wood chips about 6 inches deep.  I will need to add more wood chips as my plants grow.

I went inside to throw away trash and guess who decided to walk all over where I just planted.  He’s so naughty.  Hope my experiment works,


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