and a partridge in a pear tree

sadly, no partridges.  but pear trees?  yes!  hubs worked hard to plant our first four pear sticks that will eventually be espaliered into a fence of sorts on our west property line.

we plotted the first tree ten feet from the road.  which sounds like a large distance, and lots of potentially wasted space.  but due to the level of geek i am, i had hauled out the measuring tape in the thick of winter and measured the distance from the road that it took the snow bank to peter out.  granted, this past winter was probably the definition of the ten-year-storm, but i don't want our little tree-fence to be crushed by the snow plow.  they are planted on ten foot centers, which to me sounded too big, but i was assured by the proper authorities that i have to imagine the little branches many years down the road when they will indeed fill in the space.  many, many, many years.

my man knows how to plant a tree; and oh yeah, rockin the white sneaks

with sprinkles of azomite, humic acid, and lime, hubs patiently set each stick into her place.  i'm really grateful that he loves trees so much.  he takes such care with each one.  i'm glad to be planter of annuals and hardy perennials that don't mind my abuse.  i can get away with my slapdash approach, and if my methods cause some plants to fail, oh well.  but trees need a steady hand, and they get that here at good fortune orchard.

hubs getting help from the boy and his pink elephant watering can

starting at the one closest the road, the varieties are:  bosc, anjou, aurora, seckel.  all purchased from fedco trees (an amazing source of all garden goodness).

it feels a bit weird to have delineated the space between our yard and our neighbors so cleanly.  ours.  yours.  the two yards have always flowed together.  decades ago the land was one big farm.  it especially feels kinda goofy due to the odd shape of our lots.  don't know why the deed took our yard from the drain hole through their well out diagonally to a big tree.  but that's how it works here in new england.  there was probably a stubborn cow in the way when they drew up the line.  my dream has always been to acquire their lot after they move on, and make their cool old barn into a studio for me and the hubs.  but that barn is now collapsing in disrepair.  so maybe we'll just get the land...

i also thought it might be fun to record how our kitchen garden is coming along.  not much quite yet.  got seeds planted two weeks ago, and some have started to sprout.

itty bitty cilantro and marigold; basil is that small, too

borage fairly bursting - i'm impressed

more marigolds on this side.  also split and transplanted the lavender, one on each side of the steps

the seeds would probably be doing better if it hadn't been raining and hovering around 50 degrees for the last ten days.  this past weekend, in the window of sunshine along with the pear planting, hubs got half our veggie boxes constructed.

this week will bring a big delivery of soil for the boxes which couldn't be screened with all the wet weather as well as (hopefully) a stump pulled out to straighten the driveway.  i'm trying not to look at the forecast which claims another wet week ahead.

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