Such wonderful ideas! Thank you so much.
I wanted to share grafting to explain that although I don’t have a big orchard, I can still have a lot of variety. I guess I also wanted them to know about Southern varieties with cool names like hollow log, cathead, caney fork LT, horse, and so on. There are some fairly big orchards near me, bit their varieties are limited.
I do want to mention pests and organic alternatives like kaolin. Also rootstocks and pruning, open vase vs Central leader etc. I am always dragging my family around sharing this information. They are good sports, but not really interested.
There are also tons of lessons learned. Things I wished I had done different. Things that have worked well. Not to mention my approach to all of this like it was a science project. Documentation, drawing, labeling, comparison, research. It borders on being fanatic.
I have a few reasons to do this other that education worth mentioning. My community just had a garden tour with $30 entrance fee (ouch). They asked me to be in it but although my orchard is nice, the rest of my yard and house is pretty rough. I said no The same houses that look like museums were on the tour that I’ve seen multiple times before, but also very simple places. It got me thinking that there might be value in what I have after all.
I would also like to sell apples one day. I’m interested in putting together 1/2 Peck bags with different varieties. Small amounts but fun comparisons. Contrasting colors and flavors. Cool apple names that are obscure and unknown to most. My community has been polarized by folks who want to turn their houses into air b and b etc. Some dead against, others welcome it. It has been said that if there was just better communication the community would be more united. I thought that sharing my work and my place might help others see what I have been doing for the past 10 years. My orchard is briefly visible from the road, perhaps adding to the reason I get so many questions.
I am so totally into growing that I spend most of my time out there. As we all know, there is something very special about walking through and seeing the “fruits” of your labor. It is an inspiring place, a calming force. I don’t know how many people feel that way but I would like to share what I have.
Another one of my diatribes. Sorry to go on about it, but I thought it was worthy of an explanation more than what I shared initially.