We are quite out of room but I found yet another spot to grow things. In another part of the driveway, lining the raised bed garden, we prepared four spots for trees. We put down cardboard in a 3×3 square and topped it with three inches of mulch, namely soiled half broken down straw from the chicken and goat pens and coffee grounds. We watered it but Mother Nature has taken over the watering and each day gives it a good soak.
Two weeks ago the ground was hard. Only a few inches of ground could be disturbed. The wet cardboard and breaking down compost is creating a wonderland beneath the soil. The moisture is staying in and the ground should be cool. Tunnels of earth worms might be frolicking about and creating air and fertilizer beneath. In a few months we will plant four fruit trees. We will cut through the center and dig just deep enough to set the bundle of roots in then quickly cover it again with more wood chips, mulch, and compost. The cardboard will continue to break down and the nutrients will feed the trees. In the meantime, groupings of mushrooms that look to be homes for fairies are growing in the mulch. (Does anyone know what kind they are?)
We are renting a farm. This makes us vagabonds in a sense. A feeling of permanence is never with us. An underlying worry plagues us if we are not careful. Will we need to move? Should we move? Is there a better farm? Is there a place in the city that we could farm and help more people? Should we stay where we are because we love so many folks around here? Would I even be able to get a hold of the landlord to ask? These questions can usually be shhhed with a glass of wine. I try to not think and let the pieces of our life fall into place as they may. In the meantime, we are planting trees. Permanent? Yes, but a gift to the earth and the next occupants of fresh apples can only be a positive. And perhaps if we are here long enough, we will enjoy a few harvests.
If you rent a space, do not rule out about making improvements or planting trees and perennials. They will gift those that come after you, the wildlife, the bees and birds, and yourself while you live in that spot. The world is ever changing, as are our lives, and there are no guarantees that we will stay in one place, even if one owns a piece of property. For it is never really ours. Everything on this planet is on loan and our lives are in constant change, so enjoy where you are now and perhaps plant a tree!