Planning Ahead

trailers full of treesWe need to plant a lot of trees on the campsite and smallholding. Our big field is very open and windswept and trees will help to break it up. I also want to establish an orchard for jam making and cider. However, we don’t really have time to plant trees, maybe in 20 years we will have the time, but right now there are so many other things to do. But if we wait 20 years we won’t get to enjoy the trees and more importantly we won’t get the fruit from them. So I try and plan ahead and every year I make sure we plant some trees.

Everything ready for planting

Everything ready for planting

This weekend there was a 50% sale on trees at our local independent nursery. I wanted to buy trees and plant them. James didn’t want to do this as it is a really busy weekend for us on the campsite. We compromised. I could get the trees if he could hire a petrol augur to dig the holes. He would dig the holes and put the posts in and I would plant the trees. Operation Fruit Tree was taking shape. On Saturday I collected 18 fruit and native trees, bags of compost, stakes, ties and the augur. We tried out the augur…..Augur2

It is pretty heavy

It is pretty heavy

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It was amazing. It dug holes in seconds. It was so amazing James encouraged me to go and get more trees on Sunday. On Sunday morning I got another 18 trees – this is the amount I can get in the trailer. I now had 36 trees to plant on Sunday afternoon … would I manage it?

Well, I wouldn’t have managed it without the help of my friends and of course James. Juliet helped me plant the apples and greengages and the newly named alpaca wood. Sam and Nathan (two of the wonderful campsite gang of kids) helped plant the fir trees, the apricot tree, red oak and copper beech tree. Thank you all so much. Even with  all this help it still took until 8pm. But we did it and a good job too, as today it rained and rained and rained. Today is not a good day for tree planting, but it is a great day for having just planted trees. Here are the trees we planted……

Alpaca wood with a fir, lime, hazel, birch and something else .... maybe a beech?

Alpaca wood with a fir, lime, hazel, birch and something else …. maybe a beech?

Apple trees that I will later train along wire as cordons - they are for eating and cider!

Apple trees that I will later train along wire as cordons – they are for eating and cider!

Two of six greengage trees

Two of six greengage trees

Damson Trees

Damson Trees

Himalayun Birch, Lime and Beech

Himalayan Birch, Lime and Beech

Red Oak

Red Oak

Copper Beech

Copper Beech

Four of the nine Scots Pine Trees

Four of the nine Scots Pine Trees

Scot's Pine

Apricot Tree

Apricot Tree

N.B. I also plan ahead for my dinner. At lunch time. I cut up the last half shoulder from our pig last year, browned it in some home-made lard, rubbed it with pepper, smoked paprika, cumin and a bit of cinnamon, and then slow cooked it in a mix of cider and chicken stock for four hours until it fell apart. When I came in from tree planting at 8pm I was able to make a super quick and delicious dinner: refried beans, guacamole, yoghurt, and slow cooked pork and tortillas – delicious. No photos as I was too tired. We also have enough of the slow-cooked pork to last all week I think.

 

 

2 responses to “Planning Ahead

  1. Amazing what a new toy for James can make happen. And what a good deal – 50% off. I can’t explain it but I am thrilled to see you planting so many new trees. For the future fruit of course but also for the shade you will be creating for yourselves, your animals, your campers. I just love the cool of the shade of a large tree. Of course I don’t know if what you’ve planted will make for large trees but I am dreaming of it like this. Good job you two.

  2. The fruit trees won’t grow that big, but the other ones will grow really big. I really love planting trees and it is great that Sam and Nathan will be able to come back when they are older and look at the trees and think ‘we planted these’. xx

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