The Orchard – Part Two

The orchard is finally coming together! Did you know there are more than 7,000 varieties of Apple Trees alone, grown in the world. Apple Trees… I couldn’t believe it either. But the internet said it was true, so it must be. Right?

And man did I have a hard time choosing two new apple trees, and also cherry and plum trees, to add to my orchard this year.

But I finally narrowed it down. And here’s a list of my new fruit trees I ordered from Star Bro’s nursery, and scheduled to be delivered soon.  I can wait to get them planted and in the ground.

What: Starkrimson Sweet Cherry
Why: Pies, Desserts / Producer of heavy crops / self-pollinating
Harvest Time: June
Year Planted: 2017

What: Northstar Pie Cherry
Why: Tart cherries for juice –making / disease resistant / abundant producer / cold hardy
Harvest Time: June
Year Planted: 2017

What: Starking Delicious Plum
Why: Bears heavy crops of sweet plums / disease resistant
Harvest Time: August
Year Planted: 2017

What: Ozark Premier Plum
Why: Giant sweet plums for cooking, canning and eating / suited to the Ohio Valley / easy to grow
Harvest Time: August
Year Planted: 2017

What: Red Astrachan Apple
Why: Crisp and tart – good for ciders and baking / cold hardy / bears early (and because it had a cool name…)
Harvest Time: August
Year Planted: 2017

What: Freedom Apple
Why: Exceptional disease resistance / cider, juicing and cooking (and I like the nice color)
Harvest Time: October
Year Planted: 2017

I think my fruit tree orchard is now complete once these last six trees are planted. Now I can move on to the next project.  Speaking of “next project,” the goat is due this Thursday, and a mare is due on Sunday.  Babies are the next project. It’s about to get pretty busy here on the farm.  Stay  tuned… ~A

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