Have I ever mentioned we have a baby orchard? We do. Our orchard consists of: 5 sand cherries, 5 wild plums, 5 Naking Cherries, 9 buffalo berry ( I LOVE buffalo berries), 2 apple trees, 1 cherry tree, 5 chokecherries, 3 Red Lake Currants, 2 mulberry trees, 4 riverbank grapes, 2 black walnuts, and 2 hazelnuts. I don't expect the nut trees to live, but I'll try anything that cost $3.
In case you didn't guess from the contents of our orchard and my last few posts, I'm a berry fiend. All of my plants were little twigs from the county extension agency. I got the Grandma's Jam pack last year and when the plants made it through the winter, my husband and I decided the orchard was a go. Thus, the fence. I ordered the fruit and nut pack this year.
My plants are pretty small. I do have to practice patience, as it will take years before I see the fruits of our labor. The pun was intended. I did get currants. Not enough for wine or jam. Any suggestions on what to do with 1 cup of currants would be appreciated. Except, now that I think about it I don't remember where I put them. Humm? Busy summer. Still, they are somewhere, probably the freezer, so I'm still entertaining ideas. Next year I want to add to my raspberries and try some super hardy blackberries.
We decided to put an orchard here, because the past owner just bulldozed the trees. I guess to make it look like a nice spot for a house. We did cut a few trees, because here to plant a tree you have to cut two. Planting trees is in my blood. Growing up we planted hundreds of trees on the prairie. I had to put the rocks somewhere. I thought a cairn would be appropriate.
I would also like to use this time to sing the praises of our little Snapper mower. We've had this mower for 17 years. The first 7 were spent outside, as we didn't have a shed to put it in. It has never had the oil changed, and I don't remember the last time I put oil in it. She starts on the second pull every time, even though the string is shot and I have a twig wrapped around it. The last 10 years it has only been used for extreme mowing. The orchard may look flat, but it is full of ruts and old stumps. It has been a good mower.