Our overgrown and poorly maintained fruit trees are in full bloom, and the bees are having a field day!
We haven’t had time to rein in the fruit. I’ve trimmed one of our peaches, trying to bring it a little under control, but with its multiple trunks, it looks like it was never well maintained. Money is a consideration as we plan our orchard, but I’d like to start planting new fruit trees that are properly pruned, fertilized, sprayed (with natural methods), and treated for the best harvest. As the new trees produce fruit, we’ll remove the old ones. I love the layout of the “design” here, with fruit trees plopped all over the place, but I need to get a sense of control.
In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the blossoms! The sour cherry has bloomed, though I couldn’t get a clear picture. The peaches, pears, and plums have also bloomed. The wild cherries, crabapple, and apples have barely budded.
In other fruit news, four of the blueberry bushes seem to have made it through winter, the dozen strawberry plants are thriving, and the gooseberries are leafing out. Finally, the black raspberries are in need of taming, and the blackberries are beginning to bud.*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**