Spring planting plans
The weather outside is frightful! I'm curled up ordering plants.
I'm planning on ordering 30 Pinon pine and 50 Caragana seedlings to add a couple of layers to the windbreak I've started on the north side of my house. I have 30 feet from the house to the fence line. North of that is a ditch, 2 lane highway and miles of open farm field. It's tough area, windy and noisy. The planting area is 30 feet wide by 100 feet long.
In the spring of 09 I planted a row of lilacs seedlings against the fence and a row of RMJ seedlings south of the lilacs. The RMJ's all survived. DH weedwhacked a few of the lilacs and a couple just didn't make it. I plan to plant the cargana to fill in the open spots along the fence.
I think the drought tolerance and soil requirements of the Pinons, RMJ's, Caragana's and Lilacs are similar enough to make them good companions.
I don't plan on planting the pinon in a row. I think groupings of 3 - 5 in curves would look better.
My last soil test was 7.9 ph clay loam with a recommendation to add 1 lb nitrogen and 1 lb phosphorus per 1,000 sq ft. Sar was 4.0, lime % high, mineral levels were all high, salt was low.
The dh spent considerable time trying to load/imbed a couple of photos taken from inside the house this morning. You can't really see the seedlings, but you can see the fences to get a general idea of the space. Obviously, weeding is an ongoing battle and something I need to get a handle on.
I'm interested in your feedback and experience with the caraganas and pinons.
Here, I hope, is the photo link.