Category Archives: Fruit Trees

Snacking in the Orchard

The heat of summer has finally arrived, it seems. With it comes the chance to sample some new flavors of fruit and berries! I was excited to see the Tayberries plumping up over the past week, and now they have … Continue reading

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May 2nd Orchard Update

Beautiful week on the land… lots of nice green growth coming out from the plants. Looks like the cold weather early in April wasn’t kind to the peach and plum blossoms, so it will probably be a limited crop for … Continue reading

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saved from the trash

Through my FIL, I was able to save a few items from the scrap heap/trash over the Easter weekend. He had been holding on to a good size ~2′ x 5′ stainless steel screen basket that had been left behind … Continue reading

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Homemade potting soil from rotten wood

While planting the orchard last spring, we used several hundred gallons of rotten wood that was sifted through the rotary sifter to ammend the planting holes for the trees and bushes. The rotten wood of conifers such as Doug-fir make … Continue reading

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Apricot – Hunza

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Hunza Quantity: 1 Location: 6th Hugelkultur row bed Purchased from Raintree Nursery Planted: April 2011 USDA Zones: ? Description from nursery: From the land of the Hunza in northern Pakistan, where people routinely live to well over … Continue reading

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Apricot – Chinese Sweet Pit

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Chinese Sweet Pit Quantity: 1 Location: 5th Hugelkultur row bed Purchased from Raintree Nursery Planted: April 2011 USDA Zones: 4-9 Description from nursery: Also known as Chinese Golden, Mormon or Large Early Montgamet Apricot. It is called … Continue reading

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Fig – Sultane

Fig (Ficus carica) – Sultane Quantity: 1 Location: 2nd Hugelkultur row bed Purchased from Raintree Nursery Planted: Spring 2011 USDA Zones: 7-11 Description from figs4fun.com website: A productive pear shaped fig from Sollies in southern France. Medium to large, skin … Continue reading

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