Operation Concrete Cont
On Monday Justin, a “Muscles from Brussels” in the making(hence our Belgian heritage and name of one of the “famous” Belgian actor), hauled and removed by hand (with the help from the rest of us) around 8 tons of concrete from the backyard.
Using a sledge hammer and crowbar (and muscle power), we were able to break up about a 20 x 10 foot area. In some places the concrete was over 6″ thick – we each are beginning to have a strong dislike of concrete.
Unfortunately, the majority of the concrete was absolute “junk” and not able to be reused having a crumbly consistency. We hope that the remaining concrete is in better shape and that we’ll be able to use the pieces to build beds and pathways.
Building should begin on the deck on Sunday, that should be fun and rewarding after all the back breaking work.
The weather is warming up and, by the end of the week, we should be seeing temperatures hovering near 90.
In the garden, we harvested a few goumi berries and the loquats are ready to pick. The goumi’s are little red berries, similar to currants The ice cream maker was brought out of storage the other day to help “deal” with the berry harvest.
The last of the semi dwarf peach trees have arrived ( Babcock, Mid Pride, Eva’s Pride). These will go along the driveway, trained to fit in a tight space as specified by the Dave Wilson backyard orchard culture . These 4 peach trees will now complete the “tree lined” driveway, along with 2 Mexicola Avocados, 2 Tree Tomatoes, 2 Bananas and Sugar Cane.A few of the peaches have fruit on them which is nice.
It is recommended that one remove the fruit from the tree the first year. We, however, take a more natural approach and keep the fruit on.
The roses this year are breathtaking – everywhere you look in the City of Roses, the blooms are spectacular. Our red Mister Lincoln’s blooms were huge and wonderfully fragrant. I picked the blooms and boiled them down into a syrup to use over the summer to make my famous Rose Petal Lemonade.