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Orchard Update – Spring 2013

April 28, 2013 2 comments

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:

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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:

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Loquat Trees Planted

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Five loquat trees have been sitting in the sideyard at my house for the past month. Today, I finally found time to get them planted at the orchard. Despite the 90 degree heat, I managed to get the row planted and mulched in just a couple of hours.

Here’s a view of the new row of loquat trees.

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The completion of this row brings the orchard to half completion. So far six rows of 27 trees have been planted in an approximately 100 feet x 100 feet space. Based on the current state, once completed, the orchard will have approximately 60 trees.

A diagram of the current status of the orchard:

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Beautiful Fig Trees and Loquat Tree at Pike’s Nursery

May 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I have been searching unsuccessfully for a local source of loquat trees. I had loquats growing up on a tropical island and really wanted to be able to grow these delicious fruits. Today, my friend who runs a local community garden was informed by his partner who manages one of the local Pike’s Nursery stores that they had a loquat tree in stock.

I rushed over to the store after work to pick the loquat tree. While there I saw some beautiful fig trees which were much nicer than anything I have seen at Home Depot. So aside from the one loquat tree, I also picked up two 5 feet Black Mission fig trees, one 4 feet Brown Turkey fig tree, and a smaller 2 feet Brown Turkey fig tree.

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