Everything takes time to grow, be it in hot weather or cold. In recent years we have planted a cherry and apple tree around the Heritage House.

Just like our garden, they need to be looked after.

And just like last year we’re ditching Tree and Shrub Doo, even if it doesn’t seem like it needs to, but why?

This is what Justin says: “You feed the soil that feeds the roots. That will contain gypsum, that is calcium, that sulfur, that will have brown Tennessee rock that is a mineral. There are over 50 different minerals in Tennessee Brown Rock that we put in that help with the phosphorus, of course the trees love phosphorus. So what you want to do when you put this down is like we’re doing some sort of mulch and then think about the drip line of the tree which is right here. Yes, you may not want to step a foot over because, think about the roots, they will keep getting bigger underneath and you just want to be one step ahead so you can keep feeding it to produce the fruit we are looking for ”

Make sure you spread it outside the tree’s drip line and don’t cover the base of the tree. The bump on the tree should be kept free, but otherwise lay a few inches over the area.

We’re going to do the same for the apple tree, but we have another option. It’s called Fruit Blaster! Justin says there’s fulvic acid, liquid carbon, and seaweed in there … all organic. This will help increase immunity.

The main thing is that you don’t water with it. You just spray it up and down, cross it a couple of times and that’s it every couple of weeks.

We can’t forget the bug problem we’ve had over the past few years. It is a bug trap that is placed at least 9 meters away from the trees. The beetles are more likely to go to the attractant than to our trees. Last year we had bags of bugs so we’ll see how it goes this year.

Our trees are doing fine so it’s time to explore the flower garden.