My high density food forest will be growing. I’m a little surprised to have received the trees in January, since it’s still pretty chilly, but since it never freezes here, anyway, I’m sure it’s no big deal. Here’s what I got:
Golden Nectar plum
Hachiya persimmon (for mom)
I found out recently that the Fruitvale district of Oakland used to be planted to cherries and apricots, almost exclusively. I’m about a mile from there as the crow flies, so while I wasn’t going to try to plant cherries initially, I’m giving it a shot. I think we’ve gotten enough chill this winter to actually make them work.
I haven’t had Golden Nectar, Burbank, or Magness, but I’m a sucker for well-written copy and I figure I can dry them, if nothing else. My goal is to extend the growing season from May to December, if possible.
I also have coming from the Arboreum Company:
Howard’s Miracle plum
Hesse (Weinberger) plumcot
Spring Ruby plumcot
des Urbanistes pear
Merton Bigarreau cherry
Unfortunately, Arboreum wasn’t carrying some of the other plums I wanted this year, like the Broken Heart, Sierra and Laetitia, but maybe I can squeeze a couple more in next year. Plus I’ll probably be removing one or two trees in the next year or two, like Sweet Treat, and we’ll see about the Splash pluot. It might be, too, that trying to grow any peach-like fruit in my area is folly, despite the fact that the Babcock was developed in Berkeley. The powdery mildew in my backyard seems to want to latch onto Peach leaves, but not plum, pear, or apricot. My neighbor’s peach tree does well, but it only crops every 3 years or so, since she doesn’t take care of it at all.
What have you got coming???