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!