Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Fruitful Year!

This will be the 5th summer that Mr. Squash and I have lived on the dry side of our state.  Each year has been an eye opener in terms of gardening.  The first year we went crazy and planted about a dozen tomato starts.  The bounty from those plants could have filled a large dump truck over the course of the summer!  We had no idea our soil was so loamy and fertile!  We learned to scale back (well, maybe not so much on the tomatoes) each summer.  We had not given fruit much thought (except for blueberries) until about the 3rd summer.  I have always wanted apples and decided to go for it!

This is the first year our two semi-dwarf apple trees have actually set apples!  Here is just a teeny portion of the apples on our Ginger Gold tree!  Each branch is just loaded!  These apples make the best apple pie - and believe me when I say I have tried dozens!
Here is my beloved Honey Crisp!  They're my favorite eating apple and I have no less than one, and sometimes two a day!  The period between about now and summer's end when they aren't coming out of Chile or some other foreign country is the worst for me!  I go through serious Honey Crisp withdrawal!  It doesn't have as many sets as the Ginger Gold, but I'll take what I can get!
I couldn't resist a second photo of more Honey Crisps!
We also bought an espaliered Pear tree.  It has Bartlett, shown here...
...Red Bartlett in the middle, and Anjou, which I guess I didn't get a photo of on the bottom row.  Each row is just filled with pears!

Know what this is?  It's a Kiwi!  I'm not sure what it takes in terms of pollination.  Will have to look it up.  So far I haven't seen any flowers, so she may need a mate.
Our Hidcote table grape has already set lots and lots of clusters.  It's in it's 5th year.  We took the red grape out because it must have been mislabeled at the nursery - the fruit was tiny and had a multitude of seeds in each grape.  I've ordered a new red table grape which should arrive any day now!
Here are Mr Squash's nine blueberry plants. He tends to them lovingly each year and they give him back bushels of love!
Last year we bought a Brazelberry container raspberry.  Something new!  It produced quite a few tasty raspberries last summer and this year it looks like there will be an abundance!  Strawberries are to the right.

Since I am pretty much out of commission for planting a lot of veggies this summer we're going to stick to simple things like lettuce (which is already in the ground), green beans, peas and tomatoes.  A dear friend gave me a seed packet of Birdhouse Gourds which we will plant on new trellises.  

Hope you enjoyed the tour!


22 comments:

Stephanie said...

Squash House Bounty! Lush green against the bluest sky. :o) Yum.

Anna said...

I have always wanted a garden like that!!! But then I would have to leave Central Oregon...which ain't gonna happen...so I will just enjoy watching yours grow!

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

Ahh, you're in Honeycrisp Heaven with the perfect northern climate for them. Vet daughter became addicted and introduced the rest of us to them when she was a WSU!

Needled Mom said...

The garden is looking beautiful AND bountiful. I have always been intrigued by the espalier technique.
Give me a call when the apple pie is coming out of the oven! ;-)

Char said...

Thanks for the tour! I can't wait to show your post to my husband. We bought 2 blueberry bushes when we first moved in but they only survived 3 years. He's been itching to plant more and a few apple trees as well. We only have crab apples!

Tammy said...

You two have quite the garden and green thumbs. I am like you, honey crisp apples are the very best, but I also like a good Fuji. Never heard of the apples you use for pies, must find some and try them out. Hugs!!

Aunt 'Reen said...

What an amazing array of fruit trees, vines and bushes! Everyone looks so beautiful in early bloom. Wishing you a very bountiful harvest!

sunny said...

I know where I need to visit later this summer! It's good that you have plenty for Mr. Squash to do to stay busy. All my DH grows is herbs, but it's so wonderful to have fresh herbs all summer. Mmmm Basil, Rosemary...

Mary said...

Your gardens look beautiful. Are there no weeds in Washington state?

Anne said...

wow, you could really be self sustaining! I'm so impressed. Honey Crisp are my favorite too. Try sprinkling them with a bit of cinnamon and shake them in a bag to coat. Almost tastes like apple pie!

Jeanna said...

Hi Candace...so happy to see you are blogging, hope this means you are doing well.

I absolutely love your gardening posts. Apples look great...wait...5 years? Has it really been 5 years since you moved to the new Squash House?!? Where does the time go?

Louise said...

I am so impressed with your gardening results...cannot believe it is your 5th summer season already. Be careful with your back. There is always next year. This year you can just stroll through and enjoy the visual..

Prairie Stitcher said...

Yum. I can hardly wait. We put in a row of raspberries (again); the deer keep eating them. This time they're fenced where the deer, hopefully, can't reach them. Nice to have you back. Such a lovely tour of your farm/yard! Thank you.

Sylvia Anderson said...

I am so impressed with your beautiful and 'fruitful' garden. Lucky you to live in an area with fertile soil, unlike the yucky clay
we have in our part of Illinois. I think we have lost several flowering bushes due to the extremely harsh and never ending winter we had. I've noticed quite a few of our flowering and rose bushes are very brittle, with little or no growth. I'll probably cut them way back to see if anything happens.

Me and My Stitches said...

My husband would be in heaven in your garden! Just last week he was talking about planting kiwi. We have fruit trees as well, grapes, raspberries, strawberries and the vegetable garden. This year he has added "beekeeper" to his hobbies! Not sure how that is going to go!

ferne said...

Your garden is looking great as usual! I have some kiwis also and yes you do need a male and female the hard part can be figuring out what you have. One male can pollinate as many as 5 females though. I have not heard of Ginger Gold apples so will have to check that out. We are also finally going to have a nice harvest from our orchard this year...can't wait. I planted that Brazelberry Raspberry last year in a pot on my deck and it is going gangbusters...so fun!

Houseelf said...

Ooo you make me almost want to get out in the garden in spite of the rain at the moment. What beautiful and healthy plants you have. I'm sure you will have a great crop and lots of healthy fresh seasonal eating. That has to be better for your recovery than eating stuff which has been in cold storage for months before going into a supermarket.

pratima said...

Thank you for the tour, Candace! Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your fruit trees! Nothing better than eating a fruit plucked fresh from the garden :)

Karen said...

I envy the Honeycrisp!! Yum!!

Karen said...

I envy the Honeycrisp!! Yum!!

Karen said...

I envy the Honeycrisp!! Yum!!

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