I felt responsible for suggesting this catalog and the subsequent failure of some of the trees. So when I saw an ad in the paper for a LOCAL nursery that specializes in fruit trees, I suggested an outing there.
So we went to Varnell Nursery, and we came home loaded with fruit trees!
In the truck are a Pink Lady apple (a variety from Australia that tolerates hot summers and few winter chill hours), two new cherries (one for eating and one for pies), and a red maple for the animals.
The helpful man at the nursery is VERY nice to his animals. He plants fruit trees just for them. I figure rotting fruit is the last thing Angel and Brandy need to be eating or they will colic. However, all the animals would love a shade tree in the Home Pasture. A red maple grows 3-4' a year and will reach 50' high and 40' wide. So the animals need to be a little bit patient, but in about 3 years' time they should be able to enjoy some nice shade.
Herb and Kara had to rush off for a meeting and class, respectively, at Covenant College. I gathered up all my equipment, including my handy little garden scooter, and headed back to the house.
Yes, indeed, it was a fruitful day--one that has just lengthened our To Do list:
- shovel Black Gold into wheelbarrow, then into garden beds
- plant everything that's waiting on some soil
- dig holes for 5 trees and plant them
- dig holes for 2 grapes and plant them
- put the blueberries in the raised blueberry bed
- and then get back to the original To Do list!