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.
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.
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.
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.
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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