They are finally here! All of the fruit that I ordered, came in today from Womack Nursery. The trees were sent bare rooted to help have less of a transplant shock. It was a very cold day, I’m pretty sure it’s been the coldest by far. We hadn’t put any compost in the beds yet. Michael and I started piling on the compost into the beds and it smelled so bad. We had fun shoveling the organic matter onto the beds and made sport of it but after a while I was ready to plant the trees in the ground. I was really excited to start these trees for the farm because they really don’t have any type of fruit. Once Michael and I shoveled on enough compost, I started to make mounds for three trees. The mounds help with irrigation and once the tree starts to bear fruit the fruit itself won’t be touching the ground and so forth. Tim Hartman came down to check on the trees for me and to also help me with pruning of the trees. I was super excited to finally plant the trees that I have been waiting for! The first tree to be planted in the raised beds was the Methley plum, then the Orient pear and lastly the La Feliciana peach. We had to hill in the pomegranate and the fig tree in the same bed because the other tree bed wasn’t finished. The trees are pruned to induce lateral growth of the branches to have a better frame for bearing fruit. It takes about two to three years to train the trees to get the shape desired and in the third year the trees should bear fruit. The trees were pruned to about a two and half feet tall and the branches were pruned to have at least three to four buds. Each tree was planted and pruned back and will be ready to prune again next year. After the trees were planted and pruned, I went over to help Michael and everybody else with the keyhole garden. The structure was already done, but the place where the compost would go needed to have wire there. So I helped Michael set up and thread the wire to hold its shape until, he was done. I couldn’t feel my hands anymore, as the wind had a bite to it and it was very strong. It was a very productive day for the farm.