Re: [gardeners] Tuesday in the garden

George Shirley (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 10:28:55 -0600

margaret lauterbach wrote:

> At 06:24 PM 2/23/99 -0600, you wrote:
> >Miz Anne and I both had to go off to make some bean money this morning
> >so a beautiful morning was wasted with real work. About 2 pm she got
> >home and I had finished my paperwork so we went out to play in the
> >garden. Moved some of the stuff out of the greenhouse and I finished the
> >block walk down the middle of it. Thursday I will take the weed eater to
> >the tall grass growing on either side of the walk and begin to put the
> >river gravel inside for drainage, about 2 or 3 inches worth I hope. A
> >local contractor gave me about two yards of gravel, about 1 to 2 inch
> >size, rather than haul it back to his laydown yard. With the use of my
> >friends pick-em-up truck we managed to get it into the backyard.
> >
> >I finally found some nastursium seed and planted the octagonal tiles I
> >had set upright in one corner of the herb garden. While I was doing that
> >I discovered that last years feverfew - drought killed - had managed to
> >set some seed as volunteers are up, at least three, maybe four. The
> >volunteer basil is up about two inches now and the volunteer chamomile
> >is about four inches in diameter and two high. Started pulling the extra
> >epazote (a lot) and putting it in the trash can. A friend wanted some so
> >I potted him three or four. He will start it in a fence corner and if it
> >grows well I will discard all of mine and go pick his, he has 10 acres
> >to play with. <VBG>
> >
> >I repotted a small loquat that has been promised to another friend and
> >as soon as the volunteer sassfras tree in the herb garden finishes
> >leafing out I will pot it for him.
> >
> >Went over just before dark thirty and pruned another friends Ein Shemer
> >apple tree he recently planted. It was nursery grown and had not been
> >previously pruned for maximum production. Had to use the step ladder as
> >it is about 10 feet tall already, will probably bear next year.
> >
> >It has been another good day in a pretty good life. Hope all are looking
> >forward to spring and that our Ozzie friends are looking forward to
> >winter.
> >
> >George
> >
> As I recall, George, that Ein Shemer apple tree is standard size.  Most
> standard size apple trees don't bear until they're 5 to 10 years old.  Of
> course I'm not familiar with that variety.  I can't even find Shemer in my
> German dictionary.  Best, Margaret

It's an Israeli developed tree for warm climates and, reputably, bears in the
second year after transplant. I believe Ein Shemer is a kibbutz but I'm not
sure. I know a net search on "Ein Shemer" shows up lots of archaeological
sites in Israel and just a few on the apple. They sell a lot of them down here
and they are, as you say, a standard tree. I would love to have one but want a
dwarf. Reckon I'll end up with either a Granny Smith or a Dorsett Golden in
the dwarf size. That's the bad thing about small lots - small fruit trees.