Farm Update – STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect – Wonderful Idea

This post, titled Farm Update – STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect – Wonderful Idea –  and more, covers the many different tasks completed on the farm this weekend.  For a more detailed look at what got done, please check out the YouTube video below.

Below is a video from the Great Escape Farms YouTube channel that covers all of the goings on of the weekend.

If you are not into YouTube or just want to see it in writing, I have outlined most of the video below.

Farm Update – STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect

Farm Update – STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect

Flower Beds Planted

I put in three beds around my birdhouses.  I put cardboard over the grass area to hold down the grass and weed pressure.  Then I cut four holes in the cardboard where I wanted to put plants.  We then covered the cardboard with about six inches of mulch. Next we pulled the mulch out of the holes I cut in the cardboard and filled that spot with potting soil and planted into the holes.  Viking Aronia was put on each side of the the birdhouse and in the back of the birdhouse.  In front of the birdhouse I put a Stella D’oro daylily.  Of the 60,000 day-lilies, this is one of the edible types.

Trenches filled

Last year I had outside faucets put in.  The trenches to these faucets have settled over the last year and has made it a challenge to mow the lawn in these areas.  So I picked up 2 yards of topsoil and filled some of the settled spots in and put some grass seed down.

Food Forest Planted

I planted about 20 perennials, trees, and shrubs in the food forest area.  I had some losses last year due to the STUN method I was using.  STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect is where you put plants in the ground, water them once and then leave them alone.  If they are hardy enough they make it, otherwise they die.  With me living a three-hour drive away and only coming up on select weekends, this is about the only way I plant anything out at the farm.

Black Berries in the Ground

Last year I dug up about 60 blackberry suckers from my Maryland residence and brought them out to the farm.  Unfortunately, when I arrived at the farm, the ground was frozen solid.  So I just tucked the 1 gallon pots in some leaves and let them set over the winter.  They have been sprouting quite well this spring and I only lost about 10 plants over the winter.  So I took the plants and put them right at the tree line.  There are already quite a few wild blackberries growing there, so I know the light and soil is good for them.

That's a Long Gutter

That’s a Long Gutter

Gutters On

I had a contractor come out and put gutters on my garage this weekend.  A few weekends ago I picked up two additional 300 gallon IBC totes for water storage.  So in the coming weeks I’ll be hooking those up and will have a total of 1200 gallons of water harvesting and storage right by the food forest and propagation beds.

I put a water harvesting system on my father-in-law’s garage this past weekend.  There is a picture of the finished product below.  I will have a full post on this project later this week.

Plant Propagation Bed

This past winter I did several articles and videos on my plant propagation beds.  The plants in these beds are doing very well and the Elderberries are just taking off.  I will need to put a shade cloth on soon and will need to set up the intermittent mist system in the next couple of weeks.  I will also need to put up chicken wire at the bottom of the beds to keep the rabbits and cats out of the beds.

Water Harvesting

Water Harvesting

More To Come

This weekend I completed my plantings for the year in the perennial garden.  I also put in a few dozen annuals in-between the perennials.  A brief section of the video covers this and will have a full video out on the Great Escape Farms YouTube channel later this week.  I have already posted a full video on the sheet mulching project of this garden and you can find that at the Great Escape Farms YouTube channel as well.

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4 Comments

  • Steve Putman says:

    Very nice work. I wonder if you have Chipmunks eating your raspberry starter plants?

    We’ll be buying stock from you when we get back in July for propagation in both Howard and Garrett Counties.

    Did you run power to your beds. I noticed that you have conduits and power boxes turning up at your corners? Or, is it for transmission of the electric fence.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Todd McCree says:

      I have power and water run anywhere that they trenched. No sense leaving an open hole without it. Hope you enjoy your bike ride next month. Thinking about you and Nancy.

  • […] This past weekend was another busy one on the farm in WV.  In spite of all of the rain, I managed to plant more than a dozen perennials and shrubs and put some grass and clover seed down on the areas I added topsoil to last week.  After the seed was down, I added hay on top to keep the seeds moist.  Even though it has rained on the East Coast of the US for the last 30 days straight, next week is suppose to get sunny and hot, so I don’t want the seeds to dry out.  Many of the projects this weekend were additions to or completions of projects done last weekend.  These projects can be viewed at Farm Update – STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect. […]

  • […] This past weekend was another busy one on the farm in WV.  In spite of all of the rain, I managed to plant more than a dozen perennials and shrubs and put some grass and clover seed down on the areas I added topsoil to last week.  After the seed was down, I added hay on top to keep the seeds moist.  Even though it has rained on the East Coast of the US for the last 30 days straight, next week is suppose to get sunny and hot, so I don’t want the seeds to dry out.  Many of the projects this weekend were additions to or completions of projects done last weekend.  These projects can be viewed at Farm Update – STUN Shear Total Utter Neglect. […]

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