[gardeners] Fruit trees

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 17 Feb 1998 12:06:11

I'm pretty excited today, the mail man just delivered my fruit trees and
raspberries from Stark Bros. in Missouri. We now have a Kieffer pear, an
aprium (75% apricot/25% plum) and a pluot (75% plum/25% apricot) plus 5
Dormanred raspberries. Along with the kumquat tree and our several year old
Ponderosa lemon they will make up our fruit orchard. All the trees will be
planted around the herb garden that is being built now. The trees are all
dwarf and will be planted where they won't shade the herbs. All except the
kumquat which only grows to be a bush 3 or 4 feet tall anyway. The
raspberries will go along the back fence where we ripped out the
boysenberries which didn't produce much. In addition Stark sent us 6
Asiatic lily bulbs as a bonus. Reckon they will go in the bulb garden on
the little knoll in the front yard.

Things are growing, leafing out, blooming, here in SW Louisiana. Another
week and I will probably be putting the seedlings out in the main garden.
I'm taking them in and out of the house for a couple of hours a day now so
they will get used to the change. As this is my first shot at starting
seedlings under the lights I certainly hope they do well. I know, Kay,
"just put the seeds in the ground and they will produce about the same
time." I just like to get up in the morning, walk into my office and turn
on the lights to see the little plants "shoosting" up to the sky. ;-)

Hope our West Coast friends are surviving the rain storms and large waves.
Weather man is forecasting a cooler than normal spring for us so I guess El
Nino is affecting all of us in one way or another.