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Life at the orchard
Thursday, 27 May 2010
JUJUBE

We have had a good deal of rain which has really helped the trees although the excessive humidy for the last three weeks does hinder the fruit formation on the Jujube. Here are some baby Lang Jujube at the house which are good for drying and eating like dates.

 

Here is a picture of some Honey Jar Jujube that I have grafted on the Lang tree. I currently have three varieties of Jujube on that one tree.

 

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 7:35 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 May 2010 7:38 PM EDT
Pineapple Quince

These fruit have to be dead ripe to eat fresh and are more commonly used for pies. Very fuzzy too.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 7:35 PM EDT
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Juneberries
Mood:  bright

We decided to buy a few varieties of Juneberry last year to see if this Northern plant could handle Texas heat.

So far so good.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 3:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Baby Passionfruit

The Passionfruit has just started to pop out. It will take another month or so before they are ready.


Posted by ottootto13 at 5:41 PM EDT
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Hand Pollinating Pineapple Guava

This bush is inadvertantly becoming one of my favorite fruit.

Here I am hand pollinating from bush to bush to increase yields. We also noticed our first fruit set on the Passion Fruit vines today.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 1:49 AM EDT
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Mulberry madness

Posted by ottootto13 at 5:40 PM EDT
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Mulberries
Mood:  bright

This tree has faithfully produced Mulberries every year and even through the worst of droughts. I dug up a bunch of seedlings took some cuttings this year and planted them out at the orchard. I also planted many Loquat and Pecan seedlings along the fence line.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 10:54 AM EDT
Friday, 16 April 2010
RATTLESNAKE!!!!!!

I was at the orchard tonight checking the trees and the rain gauge. I decided to check the Black Walnut and Pecans I planted at the back of the property. I was wading thru the grass when I looked down and found my foot right next to a 5 foot rattlesnake! I jumped into the air (while screaming like a little girl) and ran to the dirt road. I went back with a stick to make sure and it was definitely a rattlesnake.

I want to know why the little f***er didnt rattle. Dont we have some sort of agreement about that. He didnt even rattle when I poked him with the stick. Anyway, no more flip flops at the land. Boots only. I was wearing big rubber boots today, thank god. I am very proud I didnt soil myself. HA!

 On a lighter note, we received close to an inch of rain at just about the right time. Things are looking okay out there.

 

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 8:47 PM EDT
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Cows come home
Mood:  happy

The neighbor finally released his cows into the land next to the trees. He is going to do grass fed cattle. I am very excited and the cows seem very friendly. He also confirmed that they spotted a mountain lion out at the land.

 

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 9:06 PM EDT
Friday, 26 March 2010
Orchard updates

Pakistan Mulberry started producing fruit and the last freeze got em. I hope it comes back with more.

Jujube are still trying to push their buds out.

 Asian pear are in full bloom.

Looks like a few Green Gage Plum took.

Katy Apricots not flowering this year.

Pineapple Quince is still flowering and we already have baby fruit.

I have been pigging out on Silverberries for the last two weeks.

I saw the first Fuyu persimmon flowers today.

 Che has leafs on it.

Some White Sapote seeds popped up from last year in some pots I left outside.

Serviceberries are flowering.

Figs have baby fruit.

82 degrees tomorrow.


Posted by ottootto13 at 8:36 PM EDT

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