Saturday, March 6, 2010

Apple Scion Order

Yesterday I emailed Mark Shepard, our friend and proprietor of New Forest Farms, an apple scion order. Last year we grafted apple trees but most of them didn't take. I don't think that we did them wrong (or maybe we did :-). The cuttings were still on the trees but leaning over or missing. I thought maybe the deer pushed on them & Mark thought maybe the birds landing on them did it. This year, most of the trees have wire around them & over the top so it shouldn't be a problem. So we will be at it again soon. We won't be going to the farm for a few weeks again. This Sunday is the wake for Steve's mom, next weekend we are visiting Kristin, Tim & Jaelyn and the week after is Amy's wedding shower.
I am also trying to decide whether or not to order more fruiting bushes. I've been thinking about aronia, ligonberry, gooseberry, paw paw, kiwi, mulberry and plumcot. (I'll write more about aronia when I'm not so tired.)
Here is the apple scions I ordered...

Tollman Sweet
Rhode Island Greening
Golden Russett
Sweet Alford

Each scion will do 2-3 trees.


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Aronia is one thing I don´t get why people want in their garden. To be honest, it doesn´t taste very well. I have it since long and I´m glad the birds like the berries better than I do :-) Nice littel bush/tree though.
Have a great day now!

Anonymous said...

Not sure what scions are. Branches?? Do you graft them to existing apple trees? Hope all goes well at wake and funeral tomorrow. There will be many thoughts and prayers for you from all of us...debbie

myletterstoemily said...

didn't know there were that many
kinds of apples. very impressive

you must be very industrious!

so sorry to hear of your long struggle
of the heart.

my sister in law just lost her mother
and is so heartbroken. it is hard to
know how to comfort her.

i pray you have many loved ones to
do the same for you.


angie said...

Hi Barb,

I like aronia - I had some jam a few weeks ago - from Terra Brockman's sister's farm. It was delicious!

Barb and Steve said...

Debbie...scions are a branch taken from an existing tree used to graft onto another tree.
Angie...dd you get that at the farmer's market?
Thanks again for all the good wishes for Steve's family. It is realy appreciated.

Carol............. said...

I'll be doing some research regarding your information...we are planning on planting a few more trees this year in Washington State.

I planted a Jostaberry bush about 5 years ago (a cross between a gooseberry and a black currant) that makes the BEST jelly!

Jenna Gayle said...

Wow, you are much braver than I! I just got some bare root fruit trees- Dorset apple (I already have 2 other apples!), two plums and pears. I'm not real sure how the apples will do down here, but they weren't much and I want to try!

Well wishes for your family :)

angie said...

Hi Barb,

I got the jam from The Chicago Downtown Farmstand store. It focuses on IL farm products and they hosted the reading a few weeks back.

Barb and Steve said...

Carol...I'll have to research the Jostaberry. Sounds like something I'd like to grow.