Fruits - Growing, Harvesting, & Preserving forum: Fruits

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debsroots
Feb 23, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Welcome,
Share your best fruits and ideas for growing, harvesting and Preserving.
leaflady
Feb 25, 2010 1:06 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
I have apples, mulberry, and pear trees, grape vines & blackberry vines. I try to not do any spraying for insects using my banties and wild birds to eat insects as much as possible. But if the insects get out of control I will spray.
debsroots
Feb 25, 2010 1:53 PM CST
Fall of 2009 I planted dwarf cherry, peach, and apricot trees. I also planted blueberry, black and gold raspberry plants. Hoping all will go well, and I will be able to harvest in a few years.

Debbie
ImageKathyJo
Jan 16, 2011 12:12 PM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
I just found this cubit! I am trying to start a small orchard.. Would love to talk about favorite rootstocks for Missouri, fruit tree grafting, etc.
leaflady
Jan 18, 2011 8:43 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
KathyJo, you are way over my head when it comes to rootstocks, grafting, etc. However I do know my pick of apples, blackberries, etc. for central MO. Or at least what does well in my yarden.
ImageKathyJo
Jan 19, 2011 3:05 AM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
Oh my goodness! Eva Mae.. So good to see you post.. The last I heard you were in the hospital.. How are you?..

Ok.. What are your picks for apples and blackberries for Central Missouri? I have been given two varieties of domestic blackberries..: unknown varieties.. I haven't had them long enough, or eaten enough fruit from them to have much of an opinion..
leaflady
Jan 19, 2011 12:15 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
Harrellson apple bears in 2 years and is quite good. Braeburns are good all purpose apples but very poor keepers in my opinion. Dec. is about the end of them for me. I store my fall harvests in an unheated bedroom. Fujis
are great all purpose apples and seem to keep well. But mine took several years to even grow must less start bearing.

I don't know what the name of my old fashion thorny blackberries but it is the name of an Indian tribe. They are quite large berries and delicious. I can give you some starts if you want them. They spread by underground runners. They bear on second year canes. My 3 thornless ones are Apache, Arapaho, & Triple Crown. All thornless blackberries take 3 to 5 years to start bearing. The berries are large and very good but don't really taste quite like blackberries. Some of them spread by canes touching the soil and rooting & others by underground runners. I seem to have quite a lot of new plants of one of the cultivars. I could probably give you are few starts of that one in the fall.

I had spinal fusion on Dec. 3. T 12 - S 2 . 4 rods and 14 screws. Neurosurgeon released me and said I can drive since I have good control of my right leg. But my local doctor says no working for another month. He said it was just too big a trauma to my system to go back to work at this time. He is the one my supervisor & I listen to most. So I will spend another month at home more than a little bit bored.

I need to go tend to laundry and the dogs. I'm keeping them outside until the snow starts to come down. I know it is cool but those 2 are pretty hardy and and sure won't want to be outside after that snow starts to accumulate.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
EvaMae
ImageKathyJo
Jan 19, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
I would love some starts.. as always.. not much ever changes with me in that respect.

I have an older variety of black raspberry that roots by dropping over from the top or recumbent.. I would judge this one to really be a wild variety as I've seen it growing along the creek.

Take it easy after that back surgery.! I am home till the beginning of February.. from foot surgery.. not nearly as serious as yours.
leaflady
Jan 19, 2011 5:37 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
But just as painful and confining I'm sure, KathyJo. Are you using crutches &/or a walking cast?

I'll save you some blackberry starts.
ImageKathyJo
Jun 14, 2011 6:51 PM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
I have my first really good year with strawberries.. I really need to mulch though.. and need to decide how much bigger I am going to grow my beds..

Leaflady, I limped around a bit.. but am back to doing what I normally do. How are you doing?
debsroots
Jun 14, 2011 7:14 PM CST
I had my first year with strawberries also. A small 4 x 8 bed produced 15 pints of strawberries. Very tasty....and I froze some of them. They are called Honeoye and produce fruit in June.

ImageKathyJo
Jun 15, 2011 5:44 AM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
I picked about 2 gallons. Still have about a gallon frozen. One of the varieties is Sparkle. Great flavor..
leaflady
Jul 17, 2011 4:33 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
I'm back to work of course. 18 hrs. weekly thru Experience Works(the old Green Thumb program renamed). Some days I have energy to do some errands when I get off, others I just come home and go to bed. I have an appointment with one of the surgeons who did my lumbar surgery to see about surgery on my neck. I've been told it is going to be a very complicated procedure.

KathyJo, I didn't get much if any yardening done in the spring so I'll try to remember to send you those starts in the fall. cmail me please in about Sept. to remind me. I don't travel much or I'd bring them to you.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
ImageKathyJo
Jul 17, 2011 8:24 PM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
Leaflady, Let me know when it suits and I will come and get them.
leaflady
Jul 19, 2011 10:27 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
Ok. I don't think we should try before fall. The heat is terrible and I doubt they would take the transplant well. Maybe by then I'll have some other plants for you.

Didn't you start some rhubarb from seed a few years ago? What cultivar was it and did it do well? I've found seed almost impossible to find this year.

GOD bless and keep you and yours.

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