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Trees Around My Quarter Acre Lot
Taking a tour of the fruits and nuts on about a third of an Acre.
When my wife and I brought our last three of five children to Utah in the 1980s, along with an unreasonably large dog and with our Concorde station wagon pulling a modest U-Haul trailer, we arrived at the house we were buying sight unseen.
The house exceeded our expectations and we have enjoyed it ever since. Beside the house. and between the house and a school district bus yard (now a maintenance yard) was an orchard of apple trees. The orchard was part of a larger orchard which had been cut down to create a housing subdivision. Our home and that orchard lot sits on the southeast corner of the subdivision.
While the orchard's owners waited to decide whether or not to accept our offer for the orchard lot, time passed and they decided to cut down the lot's apple trees rather than do the compulsory sprayings.
We finally were able to purchase the empty lot for our own garden and orchard.
My first fruit tree planting had been a Santa Rosa plum tree outside my wife's kitchen window so she could see the plum blossoms each spring. This year she and the birds harvested over 2,300 plums from that, now old, plum tree which is taller than our two storey house.
After planting a nice variety of Jackson Perkins rose bushes, I planted some green grapes vines along our back fence, and then Concord grapes on trellises. We had one apple tree on our property (a survivor of the orchard, which survived only because it was within our property line.)
We wanted more, and when we were finally able to purchase the adjoining lot, we started an ongoing process of plantings which is now in its advancing years.
The garden was planned to occupy the center of the adjoining lot, so our fruit and nut trees have been planted around the edges of the lot.
Besides strawberries and raspberries, here is what we have now, including what was planted on the original lot our home sits on:
See what you think, and then think about what you see.
And then there are harvests, too.
it takes some watering....
While May 2015 set the record for rainfall in a month of May, June and July of 2015 were very dry. Keeping the plants healthy and growing has taken a lot of watering, not to mention the watering of the vegetables which survived for us to enjoy. The birds and deer had water all summer, too.
A late frost and snow reduced the cherry crop and eliminated the 2015 apricots, but the cherry and apricot trees (23 of which are growing almost like a hedge grown from the seeds of fruits from a friend's tree) are doing nicely and we hope for bumper harvests of cherries and apricots in 2016.
I hope you found this tour interesting, and that this tour gave you an idea of what can be done in order to have your own fruits and nuts for canning, cooking, and juicing. It's work, but it's worth it.
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