tuesday garden party: edible landscaping update

by Barb on June 26, 2012

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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.

Concord Grape Vine

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.

Concord Grape Vine with Japanese Beetles

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.

Highbush Cranberries

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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Athena at Minerva's Garden June 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hi Barb: Your grapes and peaches look wonderful–how nice to have the prospect of a great harvest! My grapes are nowhere near as big–just in the baby stages, but I have to wait until Labor Day or so until they are ripe. Have a great week!
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Barb June 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Our grapes are usually ready around mid-August. Last year, they ripened right before the hurricane hit. We hurried to pick as many as we could, and were back out the next day to finish picking.


Pam June 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Thanks for linking up. Surprisingly our Japanese beetles were not bad this year considering the mild winter.
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Barb June 27, 2012 at 5:09 am

I’m hoping the bugs aren’t too bad here either. So far, only the ants have been a bigger problem than normal inside our home.


daisy June 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oooooh, those peaches look fantastic!
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Lexa June 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

Barb – things are looking really good in your neck of the woods. Those grapes are going to be amazing. And how pretty is that highbush cranberry. Keep and eye on those lovely peaches too – the critters are watching!
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Barb June 27, 2012 at 5:08 am

Oh, don’t I know about the creatures! The deer drive me a bit nuts! I feel like the vegetable garden needs to be like Fort Knox so we can get a harvest from it.


Jaquan Nigel June 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

Also I’m a gardener but not like you. I like to produce fruits so i think, i need to learn something from you. Already I’ve inspired by you and want to follow you to increase my career. Thanks for your nice post with excellent photos.
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Kristel from Healthy Frugalista June 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I would like to do more landscaping with edibles also. Your high bush cranberries interest me. We have an area bordering a wetland that I’m trying to figure out what to do with. I think I’ve read that cranberries do well with lots of moisture.
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