July 2023, Revisited

To make up for the lack of posts over the summer, here are a few pictures taken at the end of July. It’s amazing how different it looks now in November!

Looking South-East
Looking North-West
Looking North
a shady garden scene
Magnolia ‘Kay Parris’, Bay Laurel, Wax Myrtle and a Fig.
Basil and blueberries in the side garden.
The Belgian fence about 7 months later.

Belgian Fence

I set up my first Belgian fence this weekend. Now I just need the apples to cooperate and grow this spring. I feel pretty good about that. They are really nice looking trees. I got them from Century Farm Orchards, a small family run outfit that specializes in old Southern apple varieties. I’ve ordered fruit trees from a few other places and these are probably the best I’ve seen come through the mail.

bare root apple trees ready for planting

As usual I ignored the conventional wisdom and went with six different varieties rather than just one or two. If you can’t read the tags in the picture, they are:

  • Esopus Spitzenberg
  • Newtown Pippen
  • Kidds Orange Red
  • Blacktwig
  • Summer Pearmain
  • Magnum Bonum

It is an eight foot fence with the trees 16 inches apart. The geometry isn’t perfect, but not so bad for a first try. I’m working with nature here!

belgian fence with newly planted apple trees

This trellis takes the place of what was the original vegetable garden bed that I built maybe 12 or 13 years ago. The non-treated wood was falling to pieces and I wanted to do something different. This past summer I had some beans and peppers planted here. They did very poorly. In large part I think this was due to my neglect, I just don’t go around to this side of the garden that often now that I have the larger area in full swing in the back. This narrow side yard is now all fruit! In the picture below, there are eight apple trees, five or so blueberry bushes, a grape vine, a service berry and two figs! One fig is really coming into production and the two columnar apples and blueberries are settling in. If I can beat the squirrels and birds, I should be really getting some good fruit production in the coming years!

a narrow fruit orchard