{sub} urban orchard

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Someone was joking over the weekend that we have reduced our eight acre Montana farmette to 4/10 an acre.  Its so true!  Ironically, though, this 4/10 plot is far more productive than what we had in Montana.  What a difference it makes to have good spoil teeming with earthworms, good water, and a long growing season!  All that is missing is our chickens.  And believe me, I have plans.  Oh yes I do.

We have a wee orchard going on here on this plot.  The trees are still quite young, but we are already seeing tiny cherries and peaches!  Oh, and apples on a bizarre (to me) four-in-one tree.  Four types of apples on one tree!  How awesome is that?  And, there are grapevines (apparently the previous owners made their own wine from their “harvest” last year), a plethora of raspberries, a few rows of strawberries, and a new apricot tree that Ben picked up at Sprouts Market recently.

I guess its fortuitous that I saved the steam canner that I discovered in Montana (its the lazy, ahem, “efficient” way to can for busy urban homesteaders!)  More on that later.

peaches...yum
peaches…yum

 

a new apricot tree
a new apricot tree

 

four types of apples, one tree
four types of apples, one tree

 

strawberries
strawberries

 

the grapes are just beginning to leaf
the grapes are just beginning to leaf

 

raspberry corner
raspberry corner

 

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