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Woo hoo the bare-rooted trees arrive!

The final part of our marathon fruit-tree-planting escapade.

12 x 200L bins plus some others made for a major exercise for we old boilers. Bit off a tad more than we could chew ... ;-\. Perhaps not 'we' since I did the buying and my partner Elaine came along for the ride. The wielder of the boot hopped in and did her share; without her help the job would still be happening.

Along with other BLFers, I ordered a double-graft Cherry tree and added a dwarf Peach and Nectarine, all three arrived yesterday afternoon. Planting them today put the almost-finishing touches ready for the garden visits - the deadline for which proved to be a bonus. There's more to do - isn't there always? At least the major part of our garden renovation is completed.

The box they came in:

Nestled inside:

The parcel with all 3 sharing the same bag:

3 views of planting:

Cover crop harvesting on the Cherry bin:

The double-graft Cherry - although there's tags, neither say which graft is which:

The Cherry with its two briar companions the Heritage Raspberries:

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Comment by Jane on July 3, 2015 at 18:08

Well done Elaine & Elaine. Hope it all grows well for you.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 3, 2015 at 12:23

Yes I did. People in Plastic, they are made from recycled plastic. The best prices and delivery that I could find.

Comment by Florence on July 3, 2015 at 10:55

How exciting!!  I don't have the energy you both have! 12 x 200L bins!

Did you buy all bins in one go? 

Comment by Roger Clark on July 3, 2015 at 6:56

That sounds like a great mix of growing mediums, if you don't have success with  that mix you never will! You have them set up as wicking beds as well, so they should be very efficient. It will be interesting to see the progress they make. I have my blueberries in pots, but they are nowhere as big as your containers. I mulch mine with pine needles to keep the acidity levels up, and feed them coffee grounds on a regular basis.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 2, 2015 at 21:20

You bet it's a lot of mix! Hadn't thought that one through, probably just as well as I might not have started it. Ignorance is bliss.

It's a mix of el cheepo potting mix, soaked fine coir, vermiculite, composted horse manure from Tim on BLF, Organic Xtra, own compost including red compost worms, rock dust, gypsum. I layered it figuring the soil-worker earthworms will mix it. It does get mixed, my much older bins have mix you wouldn't recognise what it was originally.

We hauled the ingredients home in bags in the back of our small sedan. Just did batches of 2 or 3 bins at a time.

The pH for the Blueberries: I added fine sprinklings of Sulphur as I layered the contents. Haven't checked it yet as it's been 3-4 weeks since I planted the pots. The plants all look OK, budding up so it's a so far, so good result.

Comment by Roger Clark on July 2, 2015 at 18:18
That's an awful lot of soil to produce for all the 200 litre containers. What did you use for this? Did you buy in separate ingredients, mix them then fill the drums or did you buy a premixed product from a nursery? Do any of your purchases need special PH requirements? You took on a big project, it would have been an awful lot of work, and I bet you're glad it's done now. I hope the results are spectacular for you. You will probably have to wait a wee while to find out.
Comment by Lissa on July 2, 2015 at 16:57

How excitement!!

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