Yesterday was a gift. The one day of the week when we had a break in the “45 and spitting rain” weather pattern, and I was working from home. And my apple trees were delivered. The message could not be more clear if Pomona had sent me a postcard saying “PLANT TODAY!”
It’s been hard getting everything done this spring. Not sure if it’s worse than usual, but a lot of unfinished projects have been hanging over me: the orchard bed on the north side of the garage, the new permaculture guild to be sheet mulched, and now it looks like the weeds are taking over the storage garden to such a degree that I really need to box it in with raised beds. And I’m going out of town for ten days in early May, and though my sweetie will help with stuff if I’m there to direct, it would be cruel to ask him to do it while I’m gone. So there’s a bit of time pressure to get it all done before I go…and a bit of “don’t wanna” pressure when Saturday mornings dawn cold and drizzly.
So yesterday, between not having to commute and taking a “coffee” break in the afternoon, I was able to:
- Plant about 2/3 of the hundred daffodil bulbs I bought in the fall and never got around to
- Plant 25 of the 75 raspberry plants that have been languishing in the breezeway since mid-March
- Plant 3 bush cherries that have been waiting nearly that long
- Plant 5 apple trees and a peach tree that arrived yesterday afternoon
- Plant onions and ramps
There’s still a lot to do, but having three solid hours of sunshine and warmish temps let me make such a big dent in the spring list, it was a huge relief.
For about two hours; then I started thinking about everything ELSE that needs doing. *sigh* Maybe I need to take vacation days to garden in April as much as I need to take them in September to can…