Thanks, Jim. Yes, we have lots of space, and it’s tempting to fill it up with trees and plants, but I think I’m done with any more fruit trees. Tending to 26 of them is a chore, and they’re not even bearing yet.
My trees have had varying degrees of growth, but most of them seem to be doing well after two seasons. If I knew more about my soil in the back orchard, I wouldn’t have planted them there. It’s pretty poor nutrient wise, and a bit too acidic. I fertilized those trees this year with 10-10-10 and some lime to try to sweeten up the soil. We’ll see how they do next year. But, I think I’m going to move a few of them to the barn orchard, since they’ve been so slow to get going.
I will add some rasp and blackberries next year. I tried 6 rasps this year and only 2 came up.
For next year, I hope we’ll get some of our own Earliglow and Jewel strawberries, and maybe some Winesap, Grimes Golden and perhaps Roxbury Russet apples, and some Moonglow or Pineapple pears. The blueberry, gooseberry and tart cherry bushes are still too small to produce.
Have any of your fruit trees/plants produced for y’all yet? I know you’ve had a good veggie harvest this year. We canned a bunch of peppers yesterday, did 9 pints of sweet brine peppers, mostly jalapeño and banana pepper rings. Had some today, very tasty, initially sweet and tart, and then the hot pepper kicks in.