Re: [gardeners] Tuesday in the garden

Olin (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 13:48:15 -0700

I planted a bare root Ein Shemer about a month ago.  It's leafing out
nicely.  The tag says:
"Semi Dwarf Ein Shemer Apple.  Meduim Size.  Greenish-Yellow Apple.  Flesh
is crisp, white and sub-acid.  Is adaptable to warm winter climates.  Ripens
mid-June to early July."  -Olin

-----Original Message-----
From: George Shirley <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 1999 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Tuesday in the garden

>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
>> German dictionary.  Best, Margaret
>It's an Israeli developed tree for warm climates and, reputably, bears in
>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
>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.