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April 8, 2010

We’re on a roll with the babies. First chicks, now trees. Soon it’ll be puppies, goat kids, ducklings and a baby LinzMoody. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

I found on Craigslist a fruit tree sale at a nursery a few miles away. So we fired up the farm truck and headed over. I’ve been looking up fruit trees for a few days, and they seem to hover in the $30 – $40 range. The ones at the sale we went to are a little younger than the trees you typically buy, and may or may not produce fruit this year, but definitely next year.

Each fruit tree was $8. (!!!) Now, I’ve never purchased a fruit tree before, but I imagined that you get something in a pot, or wrapped in jute. These little guys were still in the ground and we actually just uprooted the trees we wanted to buy and laid them down in the truck, naked. It felt weird.

Here’s the fruit tree roster:

New Tree-lets: (3) Almond, (1) Nectarine, (1) Anjou Pear, (1) Bing Cherry, (1) Mixed Apple (totally unfamiliar with how this works, but apparently this one tree produces 3 different kinds of apples – and now I can’t remember which ones… one is Fuji.)

Existing mature trees on our property: (1) Fig, (1) Pear, (2) Apple, (2) Plum, (1) Apricot. I think there are 1 or 2 that I’m missing. And I don’t know the varieties for any of the trees. I guess we’ll find out this summer.

So, in the photos above, yes the trees are lying on the ground with their roots covered in dirt, this is just until we decide where to officially plant them. We planted three of them tonight, in the dark (way to demonstrate time management). We did the apple, the pear, and one of the almonds. We even gathered up some stones and made cute little circle borders around each tree where the grass ends and the soil begins. Tomorrow, when its light out, I’ll take a few photos and upload to my flickr.

We’re still deciding on placement for the rest of the trees.

ALSO! We got 4 raspberry bushes. And when I say “bushes” what I really mean is we got a little stick, that if we put in the ground will somehow become a raspberry bush. And they were $2 each! We got two red raspberry bushes and two gold. I think we’ll plant them along the perimeter fence of the veggie garden… next to….

Our wine grapes!!

Yep, we bought a few cabernet sauvignon grape vines. Again, its more like a little dead stick that should become a grape vine. They were $3. So stoked. So maybe when it starts producing fruit, we can dabble in wine making. And if that goes haywire, we’ll make really fancy juice.

See, sticks. The tall ones will someday be raspberries, and the little dead ones will be wine grapes.

Best $73 we’ve ever spent!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2010 9:46 pm

    It’s true about the apple tree. They graft three different varieties onto a root stock which is a completely different variety. 4 varieties of apple one tree. What size apple tree did you guys get? Dwarf?

  2. Michelle permalink
    April 9, 2010 7:10 am

    Im so enjoying your blog, I can’t wait to see all the trees grown up! Im also terribly jealous!!!

  3. April 9, 2010 9:10 am

    Thanks Michelle!

    Dave, that’s just the darndest thing. So its like a frankentree, basically. Both the apple tree and the pear tree are semi-dwarf.

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