Monday, 15 May 2017

Riverbank transformation - part 2

At the bottom of our field we have the river.  There's a decent sized river bank there too, which runs the full length of the field.  I've mentioned the riverbank in a previous post, as I felt it's such a shame to let it go to waste. 
Therefore we have been putting new trees in behind the fence and far enough away so the horses can't lean over and eat them.  This weekend saw us planting 4 more along side the previous 3.  It's a bit later than people say you should plant them but they're be fine I am sure.
We loaded up 2 wheelbarrows with everything we need to get the job done and the whole family trooped off to get the job done.  The kids were smiling and the dogs happy to investigate the field.
Steven did all the heavy manual work as normal and I was there handing out what he needed and making sure the dogs didn't escape and the kids didn't take an unplanned swim.

We now have:
Hazlenut Kentish Cob
Hazlenut Red Cracker
Victoria Plum * 2
Gage Tree - Reine Claude Doree
Mirabelle Tree - de Nancy (Plum)
Quince Tree - Vranja

The last 4 on my list above (which is why I have 2 Victoria Plums) were on offer for £5 from dobies and I am very pleased with them.  We planted them yesterday with the usual couple of buckets of muck and a bucket of water from the river and staked them in for support as it can get windy over there.
So the riverbank transformation is starting to take shape.  I've not planted any of the herbs down there yet as they're still a bit small and probably delicate, so I'll bring them on a bit in the veg garden first.
 The hazlenuts and first plum tree were planted on 15th April (almost 1 month to the date) and have gone from this
 to this:
 They're looking very healthy and seem to like their new home!
I plan on getting more trees a long here as they'll also act as a windbreak and noise barrier from the railway line which is behind them on the other side of the river.


  1. As this is your 'forever' home its so worth investing in trees that are going to supply food and ones that are going to look good. We lost our plum tree and we haven't replaced it yet.

    1. Thank you and yes I agree completely and was thinking that myself yesterday. Everything I am planting will give us something in return so I am really excited to get this started.

  2. To plant a tree is to plant for the future, I love tree's they make the foundation of our world, we create everything around them. Loved reading your post.

    1. What a lovely way of putting it - very nice. Thank you :)

  3. What a fab project. Great to see everybody getting stuck in.

    1. Yes, so much nicer when we're all together. Much more to do here but this is the start :) x