Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ryan Apple Seed

Today Ryan and I went to the local nursery and bought two apple trees for our yard!

With some research and apple testing by Caroline, we knew we wanted a Honeygold tree. Apple trees need to be cross-pollinated to produce fruit, so we looked at the trees that would be in bloom at the same time as Honeygold, and chose Haralson for our other tree. The Honeygold will be great for eating and applesauce (sweet, flavorful) the Haralson will be great for pies and baking (it's supposed to be good for eating too, but has some zing to it).

The one closer to the house is the Honeygold, the one closer to the camera is the Haralson. They are both semi-dwarf trees, which means that their top 1/2 was grafted on to a semi-dwarf root system. They should grow to be 15-20 feet in diameter and 15-20 feet tall. We chose planting spots that should not interfere with the power lines when they are full grown.

We planted them, then surrounded them with home-made mulch. Caroline has been kindly supportive of me having a composting box in the back yard and it finally came in handy!

So, you are all invited over for apples and pie in 3 to 5 years when they start giving fruit.


Abbey said...

OOhhh, that's exciting! I want some apple pie in 3 to 5 years!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my gosh! I can't wait to have a house and have fruit trees! Those look awesome! And cool on the compost box too... I want one. P.S. Caroline, the photo shoot of Kelly's baby is DARLING. You better have a girl.
P.P.S Michael, the table is super awesome. I am majorly impressed.

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

That's really cool. Um, is the Haralson (or whatever) tree in the exact center of the yard? Because I don't know if you've noticed, but Calvin is sort of clumsy these days, and, well, he might run into it.