“If Thursday was workday, what was Friday? A day of relaxing?” No, we planting.
“So did you get your fall garden planted?” No. “What did you plant?” Tropical Trees.
For about the last year at the urban farm we had started experimenting with tropical trees and plants. My original plan was to come back to that experiment once we had things established at the new place. However, I had the opportunity to get my hands on some of the trees I had always wanted from the start, so we just walked back into our experiment but this time with land and soil that I am still learning about.
The trees and plants had been pre-purchased and with the date rapidly approaching to pick up our order, we started assembling the items we would need: worm castings, compost, Azomite, Mycorrhizal fungi, lava sand, organic fish emulsion, coco chips, and organic straw for mulch.
The Friday before the trees were scheduled to be picked up we irrigated the property, so a few days later the holes for the trees were pre-dug. The goal pick up the trees and be able to plant them the same day.
On Friday, September 29 a few minutes before noon we arrived at Greenlife by Shamus O’Leary aka Samus O’Leary Tropical Fruit Trees to pick up our treasures. Once we selected our product, we started the long journey home to start planting.
After a quick bite to eat for lunch we adjusted our plans of where each tree was going since we had to substitute a couple of varieties.
Then we started preparing each hole: First, we add Mycorrhizal fungi to the bottom of the hole.
Second, add some compost.
Third, add some worm castings.
Fourth, add some native soil.
Fifth, add some coco chips.
Sixth, add some Azomite,
Seventh, add some lava sand
Eighth, add native dirt to fill up the hole. In reality you are adding native dirt as you go.
The key is to be mixing the amendments together as you work on the hole.
Then the planting dance as the hole is packed solid before removing the center to plant the tree.
Once the tree is in the ground, place the organic straw mulch a few inches thick around the inside of the tree well. Then 10 gallons of water on each tree. The first 5 gallon bucket contains fish emulsion.
The race was on and we got 5 trees planted before sundown and the rest of the plants would have to go into the ground on Saturday afternoon except for two which will be kept in pots until spring when they will be planted in the ground.