Of fruit and flowers....
Jun. 2, 2009 7:24 am
Updated: Aug. 12, 2009 7:36 am
My husband and I are trying to eventually be able to grow almost all of the produce we will be eating . Of course we will never be able to grow citrus and peaches but we are expanding our little orchard each year. We have small trees that we planted several years ago. We are adding new varieties yearly as we learn about pollination needs and what fruits produce best without pesticides and will withstand bitter north woods cold for months at a time. We now have 22 trees !! We added a few this year. We have several varieties of plum,cherry,and pear. And 7 different varieties of apple trees.
I speak NOT of rhubarb patches again for fear of an uprising from them!!! :)
I feel fully blessed that we also have huge patches of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries growing around our property.These are all wild varieties but with a bit of pruning of the sturdier bushes and a bit of watering during dry spells, they have produced lots of juicy and delicious fruit! The blueberries are going to be a bumper crop this year by the look of the number of flowers on the bushes. Still too early to tell about the raspberry and blackberry bushes. Choke cherry trees are scattered in our woods and if we can beat the bears to them they make a great syrup and are a nice addition to mixed berry jellies or jams.
I have currant bushes that I swear grew 2 feet higher and wider this spring. I have never been able to get more than several currants from these beautiful bushes. The leaves and fruit are a favorite of grasshoppers and by July they are forlorn and stripped bare of any green. If anyone knows of a natural deterrent I would appreciate any advice!
I am getting more excited by the day about gardening and enjoying the bounty and beauty that our little neck of the woods provides for us!
Enjoy your week and HAPPY GARDENING!
blueberry blossoms that get more sun and are few days older. We have about 1/2 acre of these
Wild strawberries are everywhere!! They take awhile to pick but their tiny goodness is well worth it
Wild plums. These are super heavy producers!
Candy Crisp apple blossoms
Honey Crisp apple blossoms
Braeburn apple blossoms. My favorite apple!
Ranier Cherry blossoms.Another GREAT fruit producer.Wines,jellies,and syrups!!