Orchard Planting

We planted elderberries, blueberries, and cranberries in the orchard yesterday.  It’s quite wet down there right now, but we found some dry ground to start our new berry bushes.  The soil has a very low pH and not much for available nutrients, but both blueberries and cranberries (supposedly) thrive in these conditions.  We amended the soil with compost, manure, and mulch to help the elderberries get established.  Then, of course, we fenced each one with chicken wire to deter all the deer and turkeys that are roaming around hungry.  We have some other perennials potted up that we will plant after the last frost including more hops, arnica, asparagus, and valerian.  We also have one more tree order coming in next week — we’ll be planting hazelberts and plums!

Tiny little cranberry plant

Elderberry bush in its new home


About Tangled Roots Farm

A forest shiitake mushroom farmer in Shrewsbury, Vermont.
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