Photo #1: DH and I sawed down our banana trees in December, just before the first frost, and hauled them into the back yard to hold down the edges of the mulch-covered cardboard set in place to (try to) kill the grass beneath. Last weekend, I re-purposed the banana tree trunks into blueberry bed edging, and this weekend I noticed while mixing the last of the peat moss into the bed that two clusters of bananas had appeared at the top of one of the (rootless for 3+ months) banana trees! A miraculous last effort by this tree…
Photos #2-3: When I planted the blueberry bushes earlier this spring I turned the soil in a continuous 30 foot row and created a raised mound for each bush. This weekend, I finished creating a 30 foot raised ridge to connect all of the plants, and to give them all a safely drained spot in which to establish roots. I did a bunch of reading before planting, and a recurring point that was emphasized by most sources is that blueberries are often found nearby but slightly above standing water, and that their roots cannot survive saturated soil conditions for long. Most parts of my yard get squishy for a few days after heavy rainfall, which meant that action was required to protect my financial and time investments in the blueberries. The raised ridge is composed of topsoil from the 3 cubic yards delivered to my driveway (the pile is now gone!), 12 cubic feet of bagged Majestic Earth peat moss (to add acidic organic matter to the soil), 100 pounds (1 cubic foot) of washed play sand, and 4 pounds of sulfur powder (to acidify the soil), all turned with a shovel to mix with the native soil below. I mulched the surface of the ridge with 3 bales of long needle pine straw.
Photo #4: The first ripening strawberry of the year! Many thanks to my sister-in-law for weeding this bed this weekend.
Photo #5: I finally planted the Keiffer pear that I bought from Lowe’s! I removed sod, turned the soil, planted the tree with the potted soil line slightly above ground level, then mounded topsoil around the tree, and added mulch atop that, being careful not to let the soil or mulch come in contact with the trunk of the tree.
Strawberry 'Seascape' Ripening
Fragaria x ananassa
Banana Setting Fruit
A small miracle! :)
Raised ridge completed