Update on Espalier Trees and Minibed

This weekend I finished cleaning up the area around the new Espalier fruit trees. This involved removing the top layer of grass (and weeds) and digging up a large pile of roots from the many bushes that were located here. The result was quite pleasing, and hopefully I got rid of most of the weeds. Afterwards I seeded it down with some buckwheat, I find this a good way of building up the soil after removing the sod.

A Clean Espalier Fruit Tree Area

I also replenished the bark mulch in the two beds next to this area. Wood chips are not available in my area of Germany, so I have been trying bark mulch, which is similar. These beds will be used for cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale.

Replenishing the Bark Mulch

The garlic and red currents are looking very good. On the right under the fleece covering, is a row of peas, which are just starting to sprout.

Garlic and Red Currents

I also set out some plants in my Minibed test garden. From front to rear, cauliflower, pointed cabbage, green cabbage and celeriac (celery root).

Adding Plants to the Minibeds

After planing I added some schredded leaves as a mulch, and covered them with fleece to keep the birds from eating the young plants.

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