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Orchard Reclaimed!

After much initial work earlier this year, I had managed to clear all the kudzu and weeds that have been growing on the orchard lot for the past several decades. Unfortunately, in the past couple of months a large portion of the orchard lot has returned back to its previous chaotic state with kudzu running rampant and weeds on steroids towering over 6 feet tall.

Two weekends ago, I rented a BillyGoat Outback Brushcutter from Sunbelt Rentals. This mower-like machine is able to take down saplings up to 1 inch in diameter. For $150 a day, this tool enabled me to mow down the approximately 1/3 of acre that was covered by kudzu and weeds in about 3 hours.

 

Then this past weekend, I rented a Terex PT-50 Compact Track Loader from Home Depot. For $350 a day, this equipment allowed me to spread approximately 12 truckloads of mulch in about 8 hours.  I used up all 12 truckloads and covered about half of the orchard lot with a thick layer of mulch ranging from 6 to 12 inches.

After the recent two weekends of work, along with recent plantings of plums, cherries, and figs, the orchard has been reclaimed and is once again much more pleasing to the eyes.

Here is a view of the orchard lot from the southern border of the lot.

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The three Asian pear trees that I planted back in April are already fruiting!  One tree has five fruits while the other two have one each.  The fruits have now exceeded the size of a golf ball.  Two of the trees are Shinko asian pear trees.

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One of the Asian pear trees is a 20th Century Asian pear tree.  The fruit looks distinctively different from the Shinko variety.

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Here is the row of fig trees that I planted on the Fourth of July.  I picked these up from Pike’s Nursery.  While they were more expensive than those at Home Depot, the quality was much better.  Not only that, they came bearing many fruits.

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Two of the fig trees are 5 foot tall Black Mission Figs.  I’ve already picked four of these and they were yummy.

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The other two fig trees are Brown Turkey Figs.  One is 5 feet tall and the other is about 3 feet tall.  Both of these are also already fruiting.  I am still waiting for one of these to ripen so I can taste the difference between these and the Black Mission Figs.

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The five persimmon trees planted in April are now tall, lanky, and well-leafed.

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The row of five persimmon trees is neighbored by a row of five Medley and Santa Rosa semi-dwarf plum trees.

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I recently came across another tree company working in the neighborhood and they will be dumping their truckloads of mulch at my orchard as their job progresses.   As soon as I have enough to cover another 20 ft x 100 ft section, I am going to plant the five loquat trees currently sitting in pots at my house.

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