Although we grow a lot of vegetables we also have 3 apple trees, 1 pear tree and concord grapes that were already on our property. Due to the short growing season and late snow storms that are common here we have only gotten fruit off our trees half of the years we’ve lived here. In the spring the trees start to bud out and if it snows after the flowers open we lose any chance of fruiting. This year we were lucky and managed to have the trees fruit.
We are also working on a potential raspberry patch, rhubarb and strawberries. The birds will be our biggest issue as they have been tasting almost every apple on the tree. We’ll see how it goes.
After last year’s disappointing blossom freeze from the Mother’s Day snow storm, we are so excited to see fruit popping up on our trees and vines! After the hard pruning over the winter to fix a bad cut job, I was happy to see a few pears on the pear tree. I wasn’t expecting a lot this year but looking forward to a better next year.
There are quite a few apples on two of the three apple trees. The deer like to frequent this area and we don’t have our fence back up yet. I hope they save us some fruit, at least at the top of the tree.
I found a tree label for a Black Walnut tree and I think I found it! I had a specialist look at this tree and he felt it probably wouldn’t bear nuts based on the lack of care. I was so happy to see pods forming! They started dropping off with the heat, but I’m crossing my fingers that we get a few nuts this year just to see what they are like.
And of course the grape vine is yielding grapes. The first thing that comes to my mind is how am I going to keep these from the birds?! I’m going to have to investigate this further. I’ve tried netting on my blueberries in the past and found birds get stuck in them. Maybe there is a better netting out there somewhere.
With each success, I find there is always a question behind it that requires a little more work………the fun of creating a farm!