It’s time for an update on our edible landscape. I love walking around the yard to check on the status of the fruiting vines and fruit trees. Unfortunately, the raspberry vines aren’t doing well this year, though I think the grapes and peaches will provide us with a good harvest.
These concord grapes growing around our back porch look great this year. The other vines located on the back side of the house also are full of fruit. However, I think next year, we may prune the vines back a bit more vigorously. When I run through my town, I often pass by a house with rows of grapevines in the front yard. The vines are nowhere near as long as ours which leads me to think that we should be keeping our vines more compact.
I’m a bit concerned about the appearance of Japanese Beetles on our grape vines. We don’t have an infestation, and I never noticed them on the grape vines before, only on the roses. I’ll be keeping an eye on them to see what they damage. I think if they only eat the leaves, the grapes will be fine.
These highbush cranberries are covered in fruit! Unfortunately, I’ve never taken the time to harvest them. According to this article, the fruit of the highbush cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum) is high in Vitamin C and native to North American. The fruit can be used for jellies and juice. I think I may steam juice the fruit this year and can it for my kombucha making.
One note – since the plant cross pollinates, 2 or more varieties are required to produce fruit. I have 2 planted next to each other, producing fruit. Since I don’t have another viburnum in my yard, I’m assuming one of my neighbors has one, too.
The oldest peach tree in our yard is showing lots of promise. I will need to watch these as they ripen to prevent the squirrels and deer from getting to the ripe fruit first. I think, though I may be imagining it, that these fruit are bigger than last year’s harvest. The other, newer, peach tree only has a few fruit. Unfortunately, the plum tree has nothing on it, or at least nothing I could find. Time to research plums!
I need to do some research on our apple trees which we pruned back heavily this spring. At first glance it looks like we have some type of leaf curl of unknown origin. This article from eHow suggests disease, and possibly insect damage. I’m leaning towards disease. Since these trees are getting older, I may take a tip from the article and simply remove them and start over with fresh new trees and a program of disease prevention.
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