Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Trees take time to mature - there's no getting around it.  Part of our strategy for the first half of 2014 ("Stop the bleeding; start the growing") is to start those things growing that simply take a long time, like trees.  For instance, here are some fruit trees ready to be planted.

Some people say they can see a fairy in this picture.  I say if you want to see a fairy, you'll see one, whether it's there or not.

The fig tree above (foreground) is sitting about where it will be planted.  This area, which is just south of the house, used to be home to an oleander, which was suboptimal for several reasons, including 1) it blocked the sun during the winter, 2) it doesn't produce any food, 3) it requires trimming, but because it's toxic, the trimmings can't be used for mulch or composting or burning.  The fig will grow fast, with big leaves to provide shade in the summer, but since it's deciduous, it'll let the warming sun shine through in (late) winter.  It will get all-day sun here, and its water needs will be easily met by available greywater.  It will yield a delicious, high-demand crop, and the trimmings can be used for burning, mulching and composting.

The pomegranates will go to somewhat drier locations.

We're also taking care of the trees that are here already.  This olive tree was surrounded by dead, sunbaked clay soil.  We'd like to maximize our olive harvest this year, so we amended the soil, irrigated, mulched, and planted some companions.

Is it just me, or does that look like a fairy standing next to the tree?  Must be the evening light playing tricks.  So far we have sage, basil, oregano, and lavender, with thyme, rosemary and green onions waiting to be planted.  We're also considering grapes for this area.

Finally, here's another fig tree, which will get plenty of sun and greywater.

Umm ... do you see ... never mind.