Nope, not twins...
Last year I saved my birthday money to spend on apple trees this Spring. Today was the day!
Actually, it took all weekend to shop for the trees, purchase, pick up, and plant. It was quite a process.
As you can guess, apple trees are not a prime species for the Phoenix valley. However, there are a few varieties that can survive here. The four choices at our local nursery were Dorset, Anna, Fuji, and Pink Lady. We originally chose a Dorset and an Anna, but changed our minds after finding that both were descendants of the Golden Delicious (never my favorite) and ended up purchasing a Fuji and a Pink Lady.
I had decided long ago (twenty years?) that I wanted to "give" a tree to each of our children as his or her "birth tree" (following the tradition of L.M. Montgomery's "The Story Girl"). Thus, our eldest two children received their trees first, and we were able to bury the 5yo's placenta remnants under his tree. (Yes, we still had it in the freezer after five years.)
With the 8yo and his Fuji:
With the 5yo and his Pink Lady:
Next year I hope to buy two more fruit trees, and so on and so forth. My goal is to have fully producing trees by the time we have teenagers to feed. The children eat like ravenous hyenas as it is, so we will need some serious FOOD around here in another ten years!
After we have enough fruit trees, I'd love to plant some non-fruiting trees (like my beloved cottonwood). But for now, feeding the family comes first!
I have been meaning to get around to this for several years, so I was happy to see the completion of a long-anticipated goal. It was actually quite a bit of work, and my husband was really a trooper in helping me to get this project completed.
Now, to take care of them properly and keep them from dying over their first summer!
|The tree is already planted, but that's not going to stop him digging a hole for it!|
To any fellow desert-dwellers, what fruit trees have you found that take well to Phoenix weather?
Have a wonderful week, dear readers!