That being said - I have a plan! The first part of the plan includes removing 95, yes that is 95 arborvitae that are huge and overgrown. Bill and the boys are going to attempt that on their own starting this week. Also - any rhododendrons will be coming out too, along with any other overgrown prehistoric looking plants. We won't be replanting with traditional boxwoods or greenery. Not only do I feel like those are too expensive, but I really want our yard to work for and provide for us.
Here is the plan:
32 blueberry bushes - to include the following varieties:
- Pink Lemonade
- Blue Jay
- Early Blue
- Hardy Blue
**Rhubarb apparently grows well with Blueberries - so we will be doing some companion planting.
Some of these are evergreen, others give a brilliant red, orange, yellow or varied burgundy color leaf in the fall. They also have a wide fruit season - so we will have some bearing fruit in the earliest part of the season all the way through part of September.
Our Trees will include dwarf or semi dwarf varieties of the following -
2 Red Gold Necartines - self pollinating
Elberta Peach - self pollinating
Seckel Pear - self pollinating
Golden Delicious Apple
Black Tartarian Cherry
Berries all thornless varieties that do well in our zone -
Tayberry (cross between raspberry and blackberry from England)
Raspberry - 2 red varieties and a gold
Grapes on a Trellis all seedless -
Herbs around the Deck in the existing planters -
Chives, garlic, rosemary, basil, pineapple sage, parsley, cilantro, lemon verbena, mint, Greek oregano - I also plan to save a section for a variety of mini peppers, jalapeno peppers and Cayenne peppers.
Lastly my raised beds -
Zucchini, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, watermelon, Cinderella pumpkins, roma tomatoes, cantaloupe.
It will be a fun and exciting time getting all this hard work done. We don't expect to do it all this year. Any of you who know me, probably know that I do not have a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants. Hoping that is not the case for outdoor plants.
I will be creating - or having the kids create stone markers similar to the picture below.