We spent the whole weekend digging, and our little homestead is coming along nicely. On Friday, we went to an end of season sale at the local tree nursery. We had been waiting all summer for that sale, and were there as soon as they opened. All plants were 25% off, and when you’re putting in an orchard and berry patch, that 25% amounts to a pretty good savings.
We ended up with 11 fruit trees (cherry, peach, apricot, and apple) and eight berry bushes (raspberry, grape, blueberry, gooseberry). We also got some weed blocker, peat moss, and drought-resistant decorative plants for areas of our front yard that we plan to cover with mulch and/or rocks – all for 25% off normal prices. I normally hate to spend money, but we had been planning that shopping trip all summer (and saving for it), and were thrilled with what we got.
We spent all day Saturday planting trees and bushes. By the end of the day, we were sore all over, but our orchard and berry patch are now in place… they just need to grow a bit.
Sunday was devoted to planting some grass seed around our back patio in order to reclaim a bit of the yard back from the industrial weeds, and moving gravel from one side of our front yard to the other. It’s like going to the gym but with an added bonus of getting stuff done. We were exhausted by the time we went to bed last night, but it feels great to be making such good progress towards our goals.
I’ll leave you with a picture of diapers drying on our new clothesline. The clothesline was rescued from a scrap metal bin by my husband, and he did a great job of making it new again. I love looking out the window and seeing our laundry drying on it, and I adore seeing our son’s little homemade diapers flapping in the breeze on the line.