We only have about two 1/2 months left to prune all of the fruit trees and vines. We’ve lost four of our heritage apples that have been on the farm for years due the wind and ice blasts. We have a lot of broken limbs in the maple trees which may hinder the amount of sap we will be able to collect in February and March. About a month ago we had a day that the wind had laid so I started chopping away at the front grape arbor.
In 2018 I covered the base of each vine with litter from the chickens and rabbits and I can’t begin to describe the growth they had but now I know they have superb root systems.
A tangled mess but their second season of growth.
There wasn’t a lot of fruit the second year but there were a few on each vine. I’m hoping for a better, bigger crop in 2019. We need to add more support to the arbor and have the posts ready to go in the ground and the braces to hold everything up. We’re thinking about buying to cattle fence panels to go on top of the arbor before the leafing begins and I’ll watch them early to place and tie up the runners so they cover the entire top of the arbor. This will make it easier to cover the fruit before the birds get the ripe fruit. Of course, the bluebird houses will have to be moved to new locations soon.
Last year the Purple Martens got the houses before the Bluebirds did.
I think they look a lot better now that they are pruned.
I see lots of grape juice and jellies in the future.
While pruning the grape vines I also decided to prune our new Green Gage Plum trees. Our daughter bought these for me two years ago and they had a couple blooms in 2018 so I’m hoping there will be a lot in 2019 and that the frost doesn’t get them. I’ll add a few more strawberries and blueberries this year and hopefully we’ll add some new apple grafts too when I get some root-stock in a good spot where the rabbits and deer can’t destroy them.
Can you tell I’m looking forward to spring??
Do you have a gardening journal? I have journals for everything but love planning for changes in my flower gardens the most. I started a Gardening Journal late last summer.
This is my 2018-19 Flower Gardening Journal
Back in the fall when I completed my rose garden to MY satisfaction I immediately started thinking about my perennial garden. I knew I needed to be able to remember where everything was at the point in all of my flower beds so I started my journal. This journal has been active all through the fall and this winter with notes of whats to go and whats to stay. I’m including a few pages of my journal with color photos I took and diagrams of things to come. It’s relaxing to sit in my recliner on frigid nights going through the journal and my new seed catalogs planning for that precious spring to return! If you click on the pictures they will enlarge so you can see the notes and work ahead for the spring.
4 x 6 photos help me keep track of the area in the yard as well as what was there in 2018.
Some of my photos don’t have many notes because I’m still not sure of what will change in the area. I have lots of thinning and replanting to do in so many areas.
I have lists of plants that I gathered seedlings from and lists of seeds I ordered at the end of the season. They are being kept in a cool dark spot.
This is a diagram of a new bed that I plan to put in outside of the yard. My yard only has one area that gets a lot of sun so I’m spreading my wings to the yard between the house and pond.
Pinterest is a favorite go-to site for finding colors or plants with height or ground cover. When I find things I like and want to look into adding to my garden, I copy and paste a large group on a page and print it off and add to the journal for reference.
Are you thinking about your flower and vegetable gardens yet? Are you working on an orchard? Try a journal and see how things progress in the future!