Behold, the future fruit orchard! OK, maybe she’s not much to look at yet, but just wait until autumn. We bought this quarter-acre lot in November at an auction of unbuildable Habitat for Humanity properties and have grand plans for growing beautiful trees in an area of urban blight.
A month ago, I called 811, the state call-before-you-dig number. Every utility responded except for the water folks, and I think they were just puzzled by the empty lot and left it unmarked. So I contacted Columbus Water Works directly — who were quite happy that we were taking measures to avoid planting tree roots near a sewer — and they’re going to pop out to mark the full line for us. Then we can commission a survey and build our fence.
Stay tuned this week for more details on the orchard. I’ll update you guys on cover crops, fruit selection, and landscape design.