Friday, March 1, 2013

Aneta Community Orchard and Garden (Part 3)

This is part 3 of the story of the Aneta Community Orchard and Garden. It is the conclusion of the story of year one. There will be more updates through the Spring and Summer as we continue into Season Two of the
Aneta Community Orchard and Garden.
 As you may have noticed in the previous posts, the orchard site is reasonably sheltered from three directions. There are plans underway to plant a shelter belt on the North side of the orchard. Remember shelterbelts are 
Trees in Straight Lines. Learn more about this practice by clicking on the link.
 The shelter belt is important to the orchard in order to block the North and Northwest winds. We expect it will also improve the opportunity for nearby wildlife siting and bird watching. The shelterbelt will be planted in the Spring.
 A water truck was used while planting the first roots into the Aneta Community Orchard. The city of Aneta will be donating water, on this day, the lines had not yet been installed.
On a Summer afternoon, Scott donated his time and his backhoe to put in the water line. We have purchased hoses and will have water available to keep things green as we begin season two.
Bill kept volunteers busy through the Summer. We searched an established row of Juneberries to find the tastiest fruit.
Once determined, the volunteers went to work taking cuttings that would give us identical fruit. If you plant a seed that falls from a tree, the tree that grows will have its own genetic package. If you take a cutting from a tree and successfully establish roots on the cutting, the tree that grows will have an identical genetic package as the parent tree. Trees and bushes grown from sweet fruit cuttings will produce sweet fruit.
 Part of what makes this project so special is the need to gather together people of various ages and skills to make our orchard and garden a reality. There are garden plots available. Our Extension service has a booklet with strategies to make gardening easier and more successful. The booklet
 Gardening: Delights For All is available by clicking the link.
Research was done on what kind of a fence would best protect our orchard and garden. Pipes were purchased, cut, painted and set as posts. We used a portable generator to power a welder at the site  on fence building day.
We have learned this so far: 
It takes an army of generosity to build an orchard and garden in a community. It takes expertise and equipment that cannot be paid for and so has been willingly donated. It takes time, sweat and a sense of humor to see a project of this size to completion. 
We are a community of optimists and we like it that way. 
In the Fall of 2012 we had prepared an area inside a sturdy fence with a gravel trail, water, garden plots, some plantings, and lots of hope. There are plans for fruit, vegetables, berries, nuts, and flowers.
Under the snow is the promise of Spring in the Aneta Community Orchard and Garden.
 
It makes life even better in GriggsDakota.

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