New Orchard Addition

I like to think of my small collection of fruit trees as my “mini orchard”.  I bought a struggling peach tree for dirt cheap (pun intended) from where I work.  It had been in a pot for a few years and needed to get in the ground and stretch it’s legs.  She is an Eva’s Pride, which harvests a full month before my Red Baron peach.  AND it requires even less chilling hours…only 100-200, great for areas like mine in coastal southern CA.

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Here's the Red Baron beginning to change from greenish/yellow to pink.

Here’s the Red Baron beginning to change from greenish/yellow to pink.

A fun lemon cucumber ready for picking.

A fun lemon cucumber ready for picking.

Indigo Rose is beginning to fruit and I swear I can already see that purple color.

Indigo Rose is beginning to fruit and I swear I can already see that purple color.

The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato that I seem to grow every year is shaping up some nice fruit.

The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato that I seem to grow every year is shaping up some nice fruit.

This evening's harvest!  Check out the Silkie trying to get a hand-out.

This evening’s harvest! Check out the Silkies trying to get a hand-out. HA!

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6 thoughts on “New Orchard Addition

  1. Enjoyed your site and your new fireplace is just what I want. I am a new blogger (not new gardener) but a suburban gardener like you, here in the Inland Empire,So Cal. I have a “keeps me busy” garden, four fun egg laying hens and also what I call my “mini orchard”. For me, it all started with an unasuming little valencia orange tree that has expanded into five more production fruit trees and now I am about to become a “cottage food operator” in order to reap the rewards of my fruit harvests. I dont have a peach tree but love to make peach almond jam!

    • Shellie-I’m excited to hear from a fellow edible gardener so close here in So Cal. The fireplace has been so wonderful; quite the gathering place for morning coffee, family dinners and just hanging out. I thought I spent a lot of time outside, but now I really, really do! I highly recommend! What kind of hens do you have??

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