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I don't think my lettuce realizes it's summer, still chugging right along!
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The 2nd year transplanted peach tree is looking really healthy and putting on a lot of new growth and also side branches on the new growth as well!
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This pear tree has been sad and not grown a lot due to being planted in a really wet spot.

This dormant season, I mounded up soil from in front of it, creating a mini pond, and put the soil all around the tree. I also cut off the bark in sections from the main variety part of the trunk and covered it in soil to encourage it to put out its own roots.

It leafed out at first this spring, with super green leaves but no new growth, and seemed to be storing up energy. The leaves had never been so green before, and previously looked sickly and always looked like they were about to fall off.

It has now started to put out vigorous growth from the top section of the tree and is growing really fast. The new growth looks extremely healthy, and it appears that this pear tree is loving its modified area, and is super healthy and growing vigorously as a result!
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i hope not to hijack the thread... here is a pic of the paw paw which survived the winter
actually some of the others have as well.... sprouting from near the base


i collected some black locust seeds at work from possibly the biggest one i have seen
brought a bunch up north and took a walk
brought a log dog with me and poured some out of the bag and roughed up the ground with the log dog
i read that germination rates arent the greatest with black locust so hopefully some sprout

 
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Nice looking paw paw, and wow that is a big black locust!
 
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This little frog is chillin 😎 on a blackberry leaf!
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These two vigorous shoots on this young blueberry bush should hopefully greatly increase its size for next year!
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These blackberries were planted earlier this year in the Spring, and were only between 2 and 12 inches tall.

They are growing really fast, and some are already over 4 feet (1.3 meters) tall!

I love the way blackberry leaves look. The green on the new growth just pops and stands out and turns to a nice dark green color on the older leaves.
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This blackberry forming will probably be my first and only blackberry for this year with the plants being just newly planted. Hopefully the birds will leave it for me to taste!

Looking forward to hopefully getting a good crop of blackberries next year!
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I planted these carrots along the high ridge of the growing area. They are doing really good so far and look really healthy!

A lot of them are growing among other plants, and they all seem to be enjoying it!
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