Introducing myself to Scott's forum


Indeed. @IL847 lives very close. TY for the connection.


@alan I like this forum so so much, I would like to see a PayPal Donate button here so when we all get inspired by someone that we otherwise would NEVER have known, we could bestow on Scott our thanks.


@JustPeachy Join MidFex!


Just found this from @Olpea:
“Here is the link which Scott used for donations two years ago, but perhaps it might be best for Scott to weigh in to make sure it’s still the right one.”.

so I tossed in $10 on 4-11-19 would gladly give more…hope its still the correct link !!!


Here is better


Scott isn’t trying to turn this into a profit making machine, although he probably could if that was his intention. What he does want to do is not lose money on it so he occasionally asks for donations to cover his costs.

Last I heard, he was in the red, but he hasn’t put out a request yet. Maybe he will chime in now.

I’m sure his account will be balanced shortly after posting need.


I will be putting out a call for contributions this summer… my job is less busy so thats when I prefer to do site maintenance stuff. Stay tuned :grin:


Hi everybody. Unkabuzz here. Northern Lower Michigan zone 6a, near Glen Lake, 7 miles from Lake Michigan. Family has been in this area since about 1850. Permaculture farmer and double certified Permaculture designer. We have 3.65 acres, about 1-1/2 acres in production and the rest is hardwoods. Going into our 6th summer here.
Here’s a rough list of what we have growing…
A. Trees- 20 apples, 3 pears, 5 plums, 5 peaches, 1 apricot, 3 cherries, 1 persimmon, 3 mulberry, 43 hazelnut, 4 redbud, 1 pecan, 1 medlar, 14 blue spruce, 7 black locust.
B. Shrubs and bushes- 70 black currant, 20 gooseberry, 10 blueberry, 3 aronia, 3 haskap, 2 seaberry, 2 fig, 1 black bamboo, 2 wisteria, 6 peashrub, 1 sechuan pepper,
C. Vines- 48 grapes, 4 hardy kiwi.
And that doesn’t include enough veggies and flowers for ourselves and the farmers market twice a week.


Welcome aboard!


Welcome to the site.




Hi all. I’ve been lurking this forum for a while and thought it was finally time to join. I’ve learned a lot over the years from all the posters here. I live in southern Wisconsin (zone 5a) on a lot that is around a third of an acre.

Here is a list if currently grown fruits.
Trees - 5 apples, 6 European pears, 4 Asian pears, 2 apricots, 3 plums, 5 peaches, and 3 cherries.
Bushes/brambles/vines etc - red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, honeyberries, bush cherries, table grapes, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.


Welcome Benjamin! Several of us lurked for a long time and then decided to confess our addiction and join. Hasn’t been very good therapy for curing the addiction but has definitely been fun with a lot of help thrown in!! Sounds like you’ve got quite a bit of fruit on the go already.


Wow, Badger! That’s a lot of stuff in a third of an acre. Welcome to the forum.


Thanks. It’s weird, I have been lurking so long I feel like I know many people here already.


I keep telling myself I’m done adding things but every year I think of more places to put things. :grinning:


Welcome Benjamin!


Welcome Ben to the forum, like fruit growing, it can be quite addictive. I probably spend more time on this site than anything else.

Your list of trees and plants are impressive considering your lot size. What varieties of tree fruits and berries are you growing? Will you be having a good crop this year, or is it still too early to tell?


Hi, and thanks for the welcome. I put all the things I’m currently growing in my profile. Things are just starting to wake up here so too early to tell but some things look promising. We hit -30f this winter so im waiting to see what is dead especially for the stone fruit.

However generally berries, and apples are always reliable for me. Also its looking like I might get some first time fruit from a few of my pear trees this year.


Thanks, you have quite a variety of fruit in your list. Looks like you like you some gooseberries and currants! I didn’t know what gooseberries were until we moved here to my wife’s family farm here in NE Kentucky, and my wife told me about how they grew them when she was younger, so we have 3 plants. Only one’s produced, but they’re still young plants (two years old).

We also planted a lot of raspberries and blackberries over the last couple of years, so hope we get a good crop this year. I’m curious as to what kind of blackberries have done well for you in your climate.

Since I don’t want to derail this introduction thread any more, I’ll just say welcome again. If you’re curious as to what we’re growing, just click on my dog avatar.