My “go to” nursery, Canadale in St. Thomas, has their annual 40% off sale on fruit trees …. so, of course, I have to take advantage!
But what to get?
My yard is getting full of fruit trees, nut trees, and Carolinian Forest trees. I have some fruit trees “full size”, some “high density” pruned, and some “espaliered”.
My goal is to have enough to can as well as to just “pick and eat”—but, being somewhat lazy, I don’t want to go too far overboard and kick myself later (or cut down some of the trees).
So, I had a plan… and then I re-thought the plan …. and then I changed it again…. until right before we left and the lightbulb came on!!
Plant more grapes!
We love picking the grapes fresh from the vine and I love (and need) the grape juice throughout the winter. (I find that when my hips and knees start hurting, just a pint of grape juice and all is better.)
Right now, we have a grape arbor that is on its second year of full production. Last year was perfect for the juice but this year, well, we just can’t seem to stop picking them for eating fresh off the vine. So – plant more! Some for canning and some for eating. Perfect.So what did I get at the big sale?
- 3 grape vines, to grow along my garden fences (2 concord, and 1 Niagara)
- 1 “Clapp’s Variety” Pear tree – hopefully it ripens at a different time than the Bartlett (I think that is the variety we have producing now)
- 2 dwarf evergreen bushes to add some “umph” to my yard (and daily walk) during the winter months.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)