i bought a property near kirkland lake, canada a few years ago
access has been my focus until recently
there is a local tree nursery which has fruittrees i plan to purchase
i stopped in there on the way up to get some monarda, which they were sold out...
instead i bought some veggie starts and 4 varieties of haskap
i also had with me 6 paw paw (out of zone i know) a sugar maple and a burr oak
i plan to zone push plants and trees by planting on a north facing hill.. planting on the north side of spruce trees etc.
anyhow it felt great to get them planted and hopefully i can help them survive
the plot of land was planted with the best lumber varieties for the area about 25 years ago
i am also making a log cabin and in the openings where i have felled trees i plan to plant more variety
it is already quite diverse.... and lots of fruit to be had
strawberry,raspberry,blueberry,rose and service berry possibly more
i plan to plant apples, cherries, pear, plum, apricot and maybe even try for peach
eventually i also plan to make a year round greenhouse... but need to save up to buy some kind of earth moving machinery
i took pics... but my card reader is broken... will post some up when i can
so the rabbits are not used to humans or human food
so far they have not eaten any lettuce from the garden
they did however eat the cauliflower i planted
it seems like every morning this one and sometimes two join me for breakfast
one day while making coffee one came right up to me
within a foot or two
i was trying to figure out what they were eating since they were on an open sandy part
my guess is they were eating (damp from the dew) wood chips and woody debris
so i potted up this black ash a couple years ago and it has been in the shade
being in the tiny pot and surviving some cold winters here in toronto leads me to believe it will like its new home
black ash is used for weaving...the growth rings separate easily
i have not weaved with it yet because i only learned this after removing two smaller stems from the main trunk which were going to rub soon
i cut those stems into firewood and did notice it split easily
there are birch trees growing along the access road and i will try to dig a couple up from this location.
i may also collect some seeds and broadcast them if i have the time in the fall
supposedly there are cedars as well but i have not seen them yet
if i find some i would like to broadcast some seed as well
i brought a really productive black raspberry from my parents backyard...
which i originally got from a local park
loads of fruit but a fair amount of thorns too
i had planted veggies in this spot but the rabbit made off with them so i put the black raspberry in its spot
some pics of the parent plant as of today july 16 2019
about to be ripe fruit!
Companion Planting Guide by World Permaculture Association