Last weekend we put in the star pickets for the fruit trees in the driveway and front gardens, and this weekend finished the job. After memories of arguing with wire in past efforts I was surprised at how easy the job with the right materials, including tensioner doohickeys.
Having squished 8 apple and pear trees across the front fence, they most definitely needed a decent espalier, and the side fence plantings also did.
We ran a string line through the middle of the star pickets to make sure that lines were straight and this is a trick we'd repeat again.
On the inside of the front fence we have wooden posts so we just attached eyelets directly into them to run the wires through.
Bending over the trees to tie down to the wire was nerve wracking after my "attack" on the nashi pear left me ubercautious. But we were very pleased to be able to follow the guidance from Woodbridge Fruit Trees and we're looking forward to enjoying the ground work we've down this winter for many years to come.
In other work:
- Turned compost bins (the one-week old mix of horse manure and chook shed clearings was steaming)
- Weeded C6 and mulched with horse manure to add more organic matter in prep for summer vegies.
- Cleared out the rabbit cage and now have a stash of lovely compost booster.
- Admired the leaves emerging on the blueberries and the blossom on the apricots.
We're debating what to do with the front of the deck.
We had been thinking of putting an aquaponics system there (fresh rainbow trout anyone?) and then thought in the shade near the side fence might be better, leaving the front of the deck for a combo winter cold frame/ extra summer outdoor rabbit run. We've now come full circle and it really is the best spot for the aquaponics. And through winter we can erect a greenhouse style shelter over the aquaponics growbeds to achieve the cold frame idea. But the rabbits enjoyed their time out this weekend so much I'm wondering about more space for them to run around without having to be with them all the time.