I was able to work this weekend and get the initial finishing touches on them. We are very happy with how they came out.
|Backyard raised bed orchard|
Here they are, freshly mowed and edged around. Don't they look neat and tidy? The mowing was so easy, I planned it so that the mower fits easily between them all with just a couple of passes. The best part is, since they are 12" tall, it turns out that is just the right height to keep out the grass clippings as I mow around them. That's what I call a win win!
|Fruit trees in raised beds|
They also have their soil topped off. I brought out eight more bags, 2 cu ft each, of raised bed soil, one bag for each bed.
I put some slack in the twine as well but we are thinking of removing it completely next weekend. We don't think it's needed, With all the soil in place, the trees are pretty firm and not in danger of tipping over.
We'd like to do some companion planting in them but from what I've read, it seems like we should let them spread their roots and develop that without competing for soil space right now. Need to read up some more on that.
|Mini raised bed orchard|
Here is an angle I don't think I've posted before. This is from the other side of the yard looking back toward where I stood to take the other two pictures at the top of this post. We have eight fruit trees, 2 varieties each of apple, pear, peach and plum. It's SUCH a relief now that it's all done to see them looking like we imagined they would when we planned it all out almost two years ago!
And now...we wait...