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.

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  1. jenn says:

    The orchard link is broken.

  2. Wildside says:

    Thanks for this link! I can now breathe easier. I see the “mini-orchard experiment” I’ve been putting in the past few years is the right thing to do for the long run after all! Fear others think me crazy, because I’m putting so many trees into a small space and planning on using dwarfness and heavy pruning to make them continue to fit for years to come. This guy says it’s the way to go and gives diagrams of his methods even.

    BTW, just an FYI…
    Do you realize your links take you to a PTF page that says this link cannot be found? I clipped the http://www... And pasted it into a new page browser and then it took me to the nursery website.

  3. gerry medland says:

    HI Anais,
    An excellent post as usual,can I have the recipe for your ‘famous’rose petal lemonade and european distributor rights as well!LOLI am sure I speak for all the regular contributors on ptf ‘comments’ when I say,A BIG WELL DONE FOR ALL YOU AS A FAMILY ARE DOING!
    best wishes,
    many blessings

  4. Mimi says:

    I tried your link for the backyard orchard. The link took me to a dead end. I’m very interested in figuring out how to get more fruit onto my very small space. Anyway, I thought you’d like to know.

  5. kiwi says:

    YUM! Rose Petal lemonade sounds fantastic, Anais! Could you please post the recipe here or on

  6. Anais says:

    Hello folks

    Thanks for letting me know about the broken link – that’s what happens when one is doing a million things at once. I have corrected the link and it’s working now. Sorry about that.

    Some day’s I am multi-tasking so much – my head spins.