We also ripped out the tomatoes and planted the two new apple trees. Limb cuttings stake the whips, which will be pruned into a double horizontal espalier next year. We will add in a new bed or two and expand the fencing by spring in attempt to compensate for all the kitchen garden square footage being dedicated to fruit production for 2011. I may not get full sun in any new beds, but greens will tolerate those conditions so one way or another it will all work out.....I will greatly miss "tomato alley". It is now "apple alley", with some grow space for shorter crops on either side of the trees.
BEFORE: A newly constructed, newly planted 'tomato alley' back in May of this year:
AFTER: The newly transformed "apple alley" (with some newly propagated red and black raspberry canes heeled in for winter):
We had no choice but to enclose the new apples after learning the hard way this year that one of my dogs likes to eat baby apples off trees. Sigh, she also likes blueberries and strawberries. The new location will keep away the canine bandit, leaving us with all of winter to come up with a plan to keep away the rodent, bird, and bug bandits as well. The raspberries were propagated by sticking growing tips into grow-bags of compost this summer after the potatoes were harvested. They rooted like crazy and surely didn't appreciate being torn up and out today....fingers crossed I didn't do irreparable damage moving them out of the grow-bags and into containers to bury for winter.
The coldframe was erected, and the greens were hooped and covered today as well. Here is a side, and bird's eye view of the fall garden:
I think the new bed will be 2 feet wide and run horizontally just in front of the current fence line where the potato grow-bags were all summer (see all the round brown patches?), that is likely my best bet for full sun.
The citrus trees were moved indoors this week, and the little fig
will be going in the basement for wintering over soon.
I spotted this stranded bumble on a dahlia while I was photographing the garden earlier, I think the dropping temps had it grounded. I snipped the flower and the bee is inside in a critter cage to be set free in the morning if it survives the night, it has been moving around since being warmed by the house so our fingers are crossed.
I am off to peruse the 2011 catalogs (yes, they are arriving already!)- we are going to plant some more fruit between the road and the shed and see what happens, those newly rooted raspberry canes will hopefully survive the winter and go in over there, along with a gooseberry or two, maybe even some more highbush blueberries if I go really nuts! ;) We are stretching our options to the limits in order to capture any more square footage with sun, the area behind the shed gets morning light only, but we are hoping it will be enough to produce fruit.