What We Have Left: The Orchard
I recently wrote about what happened to my fenced garden area in Templeton that was worse that any of the pest invasions we had had. Now I'd like to share what we still have that was out of the way of the heavy equipment. That would be the trees in our orchard . The one you see in the top left corner is our quince tree. It gets the least care of any tree in the garden, but still produces faithfully every year. I'm never sure what to do with the fruit, since I don't make jelly. Sometimes I cook it with apples, raisins, and cinnamon for a fruit dessert, or puree it for a combined apple-quince sauce.
Then there is our remaining apple tree, which is loaded this year. We didn't plant it and I'm not sure of the variety, but it's a good cooking apple. Hubby will eat them raw, but they are a bit too tart for me to eat out of hand.
Below is our best walnut tree. I believe the workers stripped most of the nuts that were left on the tree and on the ground that I hadn't had time to collect yet. It also appears they cut off the branches you see on the ground next to it.
The next photo shows the other walnut tree. There's still a lot of nuts left there in the tree and on the ground to get two or three pounds of shelled nuts . I hope I have time to get them before the critters do.
Below is our remaining grape vine. Since it's never been fenced, the critters often get more from it than we do. We will have to fence it. We got nothing from it this year.
Lastly, there is the apricot tree. It has had only one good year. It mostly seems to produce leaves.
So, you see, we still have something left.
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