Along with setting out the garden for the first time this year, I decided as well to add some fruit trees to the backyard. We have plenty of room and in a few years we should be able to have some fruit from the backyard as well as vegetables. I planted three apple trees first: McIntosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp. These will all cross-pollinate and will give us apples around the same time. The kids enjoy eating apples and I can’t wait to make my own applesauce and cooked apples with the McIntosh apples.
It is hard to explain to the kids that we won’t have apples for a few years! They keep asking me “when”, which is almost as bad as “are we there yet?”. I told them it would be when they were in 2nd grade and 4th grade so they have some perspective of time.
I decided since we had more room still, that I would add a Fuji apple to the mix and also am putting out two plum trees. I love plums and they do tend to grow well in our area. I’m putting out a Santa Rosa Japanese plum and a Ruby Queen Japanese plum. These two will cross-pollinate each other. I’ve never ordered fruit trees via mail before, so I was a little nervous as to how they would arrive. They arrived in a HUGE box and they were bare root with the roots wrapped in plastic with what looked like wood chips around them. We got them planted the same day so I’m waiting on them to open up and the leaves to come out. I ordered them from Burpee Gardening, which is where I have gotten the majority of my garden items this year. At least they do have a guarantee on their products. My strawberry roots that I ordered from them did not make it due to timing of their arrival and mother nature having a spastic few weeks and they refunded the cost without any questions. I love Burpee!
I’m learning as much as I can about pruning and care of the apple and plum trees so that we will get the best results possible. It’s hard to believe that our back yard will have so many trees in it when it has been bare for so long. I’m looking forward to the fruit tree adventure, though for instant gratification it is not!