September 22nd, 2008 AndrewD
Spring has now hit us (and they say it will be a warm spring). And the fruit trees are now blossoming. The peaches are the first ones with a mass of pink flowers.
The peaches are first to blossom
The next is the quince with a mass of white flowers, the rest are just still budding, but I expect they too will break out in flower over the next month.
The nut trees are still basically ‘sticks’ hopefully they to will show signs of life soon. Actually we are beginning to get worried on the nut trees, they were bare root stock but there have been no real signs eg budding/leaf growth. So if anyone has any suggestions, they would be appreciated. All 11 other trees (fruit) seem OK.
May 11th, 2008 AndrewD
Sorry about the delay, just get caught up in the little things day to day – Also discovered this great thing called invoicing. You see I have a small web hosting business www.blinddog.org. Anyway I am really slack with the invoicing side of things, so two weeks ago I started making an effort to invoice my customers and what do you know they started paying as well. So if you are reading this and you are a customer of mine expect to get an invoice soon
So what else is new? Besides the apple trees we now have a quince in the ground (Champion Quince) and I have just purchased a J.H. Hale Peach plant as well (that gets put in the ground tomorrow morning before work). We have decided to try and buy a fruit tree a week in our orchid section of the 1 acre. I think we will have space for 12-16 trees. With the orchid we will need to leave some space in the centre as we want cherry trees, a lemon tree and maybe an orange tree. The issue with the cheery is that where we are it is pretty windy. If I place it on the side closest to the house hopefully the wind will be cut down by the other trees. With the citrus they are not friends of frost so by placing them in the centre I am hoping for a bit micro climate – hopefully keep some of the chill away.
Our nursery has also two acer saccharum (sugar maple) on order for us and some nut trees. First the sugar maple. It’s really quite simple I love maple syrup and when petrol gets too expensive, that will be one of the first items to go. So as it goes once a tree reaches 25cm in diameter you can tap the sap in late winter early spring and I should get up to 40litres per tree (40 litres makes 1 litre of maple syrup). The downside I have to wait 30-40 years to tap the tree. Well my daughters will have some at least.
The nut trees on order are a almond, a chestnut and a walnut – one tree of each. But also these will be a few years till producing nuts. I think the almonds will be the first one to produce with the walnut taking approx 10 years,