Yes, it’s been awhile. I’ve moved twice in the last two years….just from one “Town Mouse House” to another. We’ve spent a good deal of time fixing up the “Country Mouse House.” This year, we concentrated on the gardens and planted a wee orchard. Of course, our goal is to continue to find ways towards better self-sufficiency. Growing more fruit could help us do just that.
Here is a little peak at what Finn is doing right now:
What a life he has. He does have a very expressive face, as well. Here is Finn with a smile:
Now that we have the Finn update, I’ll fill you in on the orchard. We already inherited several types of OLD apple trees. Among them are crab apples, and what appear to be Golden Delicious. The main type of apple tree bears a fruit that resembles MacIntosh apples, but they seem to be a bit sweeter. We put a tree in the ground several years ago and forgot about it. Last year, it was filled with apples. It is a “Columnar” tree, and almost just as soon as it fruited, the fruit vanished. It is a fairly tall tree, so Farmer Joel decided it must have been the work of a giraffe :D.
This year, the trees we planted were: 5 heirloom apple, 2 pear, 2 cherry, 2 paw paw, 2 mulberry, 2 walnut, 2 hazelnut. We also planted 4 blueberry bushes and 3 red currants. Of these, it looks like we only lost 1 walnut, the 2 hazelnut, and 1 or 2 of the currants. Since we already had 4 blueberry bushes, we hope to increase our blueberry yield. Blueberries are very popular in our family, as you know. We also already have established gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, and rhubarb.
That’s our little orchard. We put chicken wire cages around each tree, as well as mulch. We’re hoping to increase the number of trees next year, but not by such a great number. As Farmer Joel was digging the holes(I did help with some of them), he was muttering something about being able to live long enough to actually eat some of the fruit and nuts. Hehehehe…….
Plant your food trees and shrubs and perennials this spring – don’t wait! The sooner you do, the sooner you will reap the fruits of your labor! Also, you have the whole winter to plan where you’ll put everything.
Since we are in the Northeast, we had good luck with the trees we ordered from Fedco, as well as from Raintree. Enjoy the nice weather while we still have it. And happy weekend!