Garden Update 8/26: Or That Time I Chopped Down A Tree

So in my last garden post, I mentioned that I thought my apple trees were past the point of no return and needed to be cut down. Well, this weekend, mom and I ventured in to town and noticed that one of the stores had just brought out their selection of apple trees. In the pouring down rain – and I know people were wondering what is wrong with us – we stood out there picking out two trees: a Winesap and a Honeycrisp.

I also purchased an Arapaho Blackberry on sale from another shop (they had raspberries on sale as well, but they had thorns and I’m searching for thornless). After loading them all in the truck, we got home realizing that we should probably go ahead and cut down/burn our two infected apple trees. Only problem? All we have available to use was a pruning saw and an axe. Not an issue, I say. Let me tell you – if you have never cut down a tree by hand, I definitely recommend that you try it because you gain a lot of appreciation for our ancestors who built their homes out of hand cut logs. It was a job.

With mom helping *some*, I managed to cut down a tree on Saturday and the other on Sunday. My hands are still sore two days later. But you know what? I actually ended up enjoying it, though Saturday about broke me. It was hot and muggy that day, while Sunday was cooler with the occasional sprinkles of rain.

Chopping away.
Chopping away.
One down, one to go
One down, one to go
The blackberry is all nestled in to its spot, and I ended up planting the fig that I had potted up earlier in the year.
The blackberry is all nestled in to its spot, and I ended up planting the fig that I had potted up earlier in the year.
Pulled these today - mostly peppers are all that's left producing in the garden right now: Jalapenos, Cherry Tomatoes, Hot Cherry Peppers, Scotch Bonnets
Pulled these today – mostly peppers are all that’s left producing in the garden right now: Jalapenos, Cherry Tomatoes, Hot Cherry Peppers, Scotch Bonnets
Our newest additions to the yard. After these, I'm only allowed to plant one more fruit tree and I already know it will be an apricot.
Our newest additions to the yard. After these, I’m only allowed to plant one more fruit tree and I already know it will be an apricot.
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