Taking my own advice, we planted 50 bare root plums in the lower pasture over Easter, which were drenched by Earth Day rains. Talk about great timing! The hand post-hole digger worked well as the main digging tool. The spot next to our pond system is prime growing land, with moist soil that won’t require much, if any, watering.
Benefits of the plum plantings include protecting the soil during a possible flood and improving the wildlife habitat. Of course, if the animals don’t get to the plums first, we’ll have fruit for jams and wonderful wines. Through the state forest service nursery, the plants came in at less than $50, a bargain by any standard.