Dad and I spent ALL day Saturday working around our little farmhouse. We've been wanting to add some more fruit trees and such for a while now, but haven't had the time. We already have pear, fig, and pecan trees that we absolutely love. We decided to try our luck and plant a few more - what the heck. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! We found a greenhouse outside of town Saturday early morning and bought a brown turkey fig, two guavas ( I had never even heard of these before), three kiwis (two female and one male), some sort of plum, and dad bought 2 chippewa blueberries and 2 arapaho blackberries at Lowes on his way to the farm friday. We also bought two cocoa palms for momma to add some aesthetics to the house ! We worked all day in the 92 degree heat, but it was fun. We cleaned out some old beds and prepared some new ground too.
Lucky for us, the only advantage I can think of being RIGHT NEXT to the swamp, is that the ground stays very very moist year round. All of our plants are in moist, fertile soil. Hopefully that will help us. Between the scorching summers and the overwhelming deer ( trust me, you dont have a deer problem. WE DO), it's hard to keep gardens. Hopefully this will all work out ! It sure was fun. When cool weather hits, we're going back to the greenhouse to pick up some peach trees. We've been wanting peach trees for years.
Below is the link to the pictures. If you are from the south, you will also recognize a scuppernong vine that I am working on "rescuing". TO those who do not know what a scuppernong vine is, I'm sure you'll know it when you see it
It was set up in an arbor on the other side of the farm at my uncles' house. I'm not sure who - either my grandpa or great grandpa planted it. This vine was never taken care of. By that I mean it was never pruned. When my uncle went to dig it up and move it, he cut it way back. Between that and the transition to its new location, I'm glad it didnt die. They are very tough plants. Now it will get a lot more water in the moist soil behind our house. They dont need a lot of water to do well, but water sure wont hurt. So long story short, I've got a lot of work to do pruning, building another arbor, and getting it back producing, but it's gonna be worth it ! You can barely see the new growths on it, so there is hope for this old vine!
Next weekend I will take shoots from my grandma's muscadines and scuppernongs, and start two new trellises. Hers are the absolute biggest, and best I've had of either grape. More on that to come later! Sorry for my rambling, but this is just the project from the weekend and I'm too excited. Can't wait for these plants to mature and start producing ! http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m105 ... 204-26-09/