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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My Fruits and fruit trees

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now". I have no idea where i read that, but i couldn't agree more.

Here i go again on my complaining spree. We had just 2 fruit trees on the 1/3rd of an acre land. A weeping Mulberry and a lemon tree. We have not figured out a nice way to harvest the mulberries. Well the first summer...we didnt even know we had a Mulberry tree until the day the berries ripened and fell all over the corner of the driveway. The birds always have a blast.....and our car is full of reddish coloured poop !!

So i set out to buy fruit trees for the garden...and i read up whatever i could lay my hands on. I ordered Lee Reich's books-Landscaping With Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise. (A Homeowners Guide)
and Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden

I just bought my plants from the big box retailers instead of a specialised nursery. Here is what we planted in the summer of 2009


Here is what is in line for the planting in teh summer of 2010
Kafir Lime
Blood Orange

I have many more on my wish list that i can buy this summer and get them planted. Growing up in a tropical country, i still yearn for a lot of the tropical fruits. I saw Papaya trees, even a mango tree. Maybe I should get it and raise them as potted plants....maybe they might do well with some protection. I also took a few seeds from the Jackfruit we found at the Indian store once and have potted them up. I would love to see it grow and wish that i might have a Jackfruit tree in my backyard some day

One of the few things on my wish list that i have pushed out to later (hopefully spring 2011) are the berries (bare root berry shrubs of all kinds). With all the furry and winged friends who share our property, i figured I had to put up some protection for the fruits so we could enjoy them. Our bandwidth is pretty limited this summer with all the projects that are planned and are going on that i have to move this out for another year.
I am so looking forward to drive down to Peaceful Valley Farms to pick up our bare roots plants next winter. I love their site and their product offerings and shop online for all my garden supplies and seeds.

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