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Orchard Update – Spring 2013

On my way back from Lowe’s today, I decided to swing by the orchard to see how things were doing there. All the trees in the orchard were just planted last year between late fall and mid summer. So imagine my surprise when I was greeted with tree after tree bearing an abundance of fruits.

The Asian pear trees surprised me last year by fruiting just months after I planted them. However, there were only one or two pears from each tree. This year there are plenty of fruits forming on each of the Asian pear trees:




The fig trees also produced last year just months after their planting. It looks like I will continue to get figs this year since both the Black Mission and Brown Turkey variations have fruits forming:



All five of the peach trees are filled with clusters of peaches:



The two Medley plum trees have not formed any fruits but the Santa Rosa plum trees are fruiting just as abundantly as the peaches:



The persimmon trees have just started sprouting leaves and no fruits have appeared. The loquat trees are full of leaves but no fruits.

Last year, I planted watermelon and cantaloupe in my backyard garden. They ended up taking up half of the garden. This year, I’ve planted them at the orchard where they will have plenty of room to spread.




Another surprise that greeted me were several large leeks which were growing naturally under the pecan tree:


Needless to say, I am extremely pleased at the progress of my year old garden.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be adding another 16 trees to the orchard by introducing apricots, nectarines, cherries, and Fuji apples.

  1. Reggie
    March 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    What’s the progress on the orchard. I just started to try fruit trees. I have a Santa Rosa plum I got from Walmart.

    • blogadmin
      April 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      I just did some cleanup there a couple of weeks ago. You can see the blog post about that here: https://sunrainearth.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/spring-cleaning-at-the-orchard/ . The results are mixed. I have just one apricot tree and it’s the healthiest and best producing tree at the orchard, the peach and the nectarines produce many fruits but small and each one has holes with gel like substance coming out of it, most likely due to bugs or worms. The plums do fruit but they are small and don’t seem to stay on the tree long enough to be fully ripe. As such they tend to be sour.

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