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Turning the backyard into an orchard
When we bought our place in Alameda, CA, the backyard was full of construction debris, and was very uneven. 
The only living thing in the back yard was a tall plum tree which looked dead and ugly. Gary explained that it was simply getting ready for winter and that it would come back in the spring. Harummmpf, I thought to myself. That tree is dead, and we have to take it down! At that time,the most important item on my wish list was to have a fenced in yard where it will be safe to have dogs. But first, we have to rid the yard of all the debris and rusty nails and broken glass before we would have our dogs go there.
It took years, but we leveled the ground and then planted fruit trees. Much to our delight, our soil is so fertile -- very dark like loam with lots of working worms. And that grass? It just grew once we removed all the debris. And now, this is the perfect spot for a backyard party!
 The first fruit trees were planted in 2007. The Lisbon, Meyer and Ponderosa lemon trees surprised us the most, by starting to bear ... more

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