After we got home, my husband immediately went out and dug 9 salad-bowl shaped holes in the spots we had chosen, adding a couple of handfuls of gypsum to each hole and a little wood ash, too. And there was the start of our orchard. Planting an orchard gives one such a sense of hope.
We had not succeeded in snagging a carriage to carry our tree treasures in – they were in high demand – so we found a staff person to write up a tally of our purchases and then headed to a cash register. One friendly staff person rang me up while another wrapped the roots of
After loading the trees into the truck we headed back inside to the strawberry room. Near the inside door were sprouted gingers, sweet potato slips, catnip and rows of boxes with varieties of strawberries in white bags. We chose Earliglow, an earlier bearing variety, and Jewel a mid-season. Each bag of 50 plants cost $19.
Enchanted with the idea of planting an organic, heirloom orchard on our farm, my husband & I set out for the annual Fedco tree sale. We arrived at 9:15 AM with the sale already in full swing. The big blue warehouse had a white sign out by the road that said “Fedco Tree Sale.” Gene