Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SCORED SOME FRUIT TREES

Along one side of the fence in the backyard in town, our realtor told us to get a few plants with some height and put them in a few large clay pots we had.  I'm guessing she was thinking tall evergreens but she never said, so you know me...

...I stumbled onto some fruit tree bargains!  SCORE!  

That counts as tall and sorta green right?

A local garden center had a scattering of plants on "end of summer" clearance.  Most were nothing that we wanted, but as I dug around in the jumble of random bushes and trees, I found these:

Ein Shemer apple tree
One "Ein Shemer" apple tree...a variety that is on our list of trees for our area of Texas.  it's a yellow apple (red varieties just don't grow well here).  We already have one apple tree in the ground, so this will be a second on the property.  The other one has struggled a bit but we're willing to try other varieties and see what works best for us.  It was $5.00.

Plum Trees
Then two plum trees!  They are two of the only three that the county agriculture office recommends for our county.  One "Methley" and one "Santa Rosa".
Also $5.00 each.  

And lastly, I found at another location, a peach tree!  "Texstar" variety, another for our area.  (sorry no pic).

$20.00 for four fruit trees, each about 7 feet tall!

I can't plant them yet of course, that will have to wait, so I placed them in the clay pots and covered the tops with Spanish Moss so they "look" planted.  Hey, a few more fruit trees were on our list of things to do this year so that counts for something.  Win win!  Now I just need to keep my eye out for more.  

Is there such a thing as too MANY fruit trees?  I think in about ten years, we'll probably say "NOPE!", ha! 

27 comments:

Jenny said...

That's how I've got most of my fruit trees - end of the season sale! And no, I don't think you can have too many fruit trees. We have apples, pear, plum, persimon, edible chestnuts, peach, nectarine, apricot, cherries and mulberry. Last year I've added 4 pawpaws that were ordered online, but they grow fast so it's worth it.

laurie said...

great buy!! sounds great!!!

Practical Parsimony said...

Around here, the reduced fruit trees, especially apple trees, have fruit on them at time of purchase. If I were able to dig to plant them, I would have bought fruit trees. Lucky you on such a good deal.

Elephant's Child said...

Never too many fruit trees. And they are at least as pretty as conifers.
Definitely a win.

Jacquelineand.... said...

You are a man after my own heart; the only thing better than finding things you need is finding them at a bargain price!

Texan said...

I think that was very smart to get trees that once you sell your home you can plant them on your farm! I would suggest that you keep the fruit trees pruned down low so you can care and pick them. I didn't do this and it was a disaster. This year we had a lot of fruit on all the trees, but between the flooding rains and the size I lost most of it..... We have since pruned all the fruit trees down low so we can spray them "organically of course" and pick them. Don't be afraid to prune them and keep them at a manageable size! Pear trees are a great win win too if you find some. They do well in Texas and the bugs don't bother them I use pears in place of apples as I am allergic to apples... I use them to make pie fillings and pear sauce instead of apple sauce. I don't know why the bugs don't bother pears but they dont.

anne marie in philly said...

I see pies and jams in your future!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Fantastic! And no you can't have too many fruit trees on a farm, or even in a yard!

Mike Yukon said...

Yummm, in a few years there will be Peach, Apple and Plum pies!!!
You ARE going to post your recipes for them aren't you?

Remember when you plant the trees not to block the sun from your future solar panel location.....

Texas Rose said...

Talk about getting 2 birds with 1 stone - Smart thinking and great bargains!
And nooo - there’s no such thing as too many fruit trees - I’m looking for the best place to plant 2 more trees - some avocado trees in the Spring!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Wow......what a deal on your fruit trees!!!

1st Man said...

They are great sales aren't they? I think I might have "heard" the realtor say we need a few more? LOL! I love how many you have. I think we need to catch up, ha!! Pawpaws? Hmm, I wonder if they grow here, might have to check that out.

1st Man said...

Thank you, it was a great find and I'll be off to find more if I can. Shh, don''t tell 2nd Man, ha.

1st Man said...

Fruit on them? Wow! These are definitely end of season, great shape but no fruit. Thank you and maybe you can have someone dig some holes for you?

1st Man said...

Ha, so very true. Yep I think the retailer was thinking tall conifers but really, while I could plant them at the farm, if I'm going to dig a hole, I'd rather put something in it that we can enjoy in a few years. ;-)

1st Man said...

LOL, thanks!! I saw a sign at the garden center that said "70% off all trees, plants shrubs". I about ran off the road, ha.

1st Man said...

Thanks, I was looking for something that would be a win win. Hmm, thanks for that advice, I know we're a few years away from worrying about fruit (I think for next season we pluck off blooms so it will establish roots?) and I'll have to read up on how to prune to keep them small.

We do have a pear, but it produces these hard as a rock pears that I'm not sure what to use them for. It's a Kieffer pear.

off to do some googling.

1st Man said...

Thank you, maybe not the near future but it can't come soon enough!

1st Man said...

I guess that's true. Imagine a world where "new" neighborhoods planted fruit trees in all the yards? Wouldn't that be awesome? Yeah, we have the space might as well do what we can do. We'd like to get some berries and nuts next.

1st Man said...

I like the way you think! Absolutely there will be recipes and plenty of photos. And we have been researching some solar options. Especially for the barns (so far, and $$$, to run electricity to them, I'd like something for lights and a fan and whatever else. They are sitting in full sun so we have the right spot.

Thanks Mike!!

1st Man said...

OH I want avocado as well. I have one, here at the house in town, in a clay pot and it did well for awhile, even bloomed once, but it's a bit scraggly now. I hope maybe I can get it in the ground with the fruit trees and maybe it will bounce back. We'll see!!

1st Man said...

I hope to get some more soon! Thank you!!

Colleen said...

If you enjoy and like lemon, consider getting a Meyer Lemon Tree. I used to have one and got nice lemons from it until the neighbors goat got out and ate my lemon tree. It never did recover......the tree I mean.
Colleen

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Great deal! I have 3 peach trees...or should say had. We replaced 2 of them after the harsh winter last year. And don't you know the deer ate the 2 I replaced. sigh. I found a few on clearance at Rural KIng but didn't buy them since I need to plant them in Spring. I have thought about it and if they are still there this weekend, I will buy them. I guess I can stash them by the garage (thermal mass for heat) and block them in with straw bales for added protection until Spring.

Midnite Baker said...

I'm jealous!! Wish I could find such bargains. Have a great weekend!! M

1st Man said...

Oh dang, that's too bad about your trees. You should be able to baby them through the winter. If there was a REALLY harsh freeze, you could stash them in your garage? Heck, we had a freak hard freeze (for us, ha) and I brought a few potted plants into the house (2nd Man was not too pleased, ha).

1st Man said...

Thank you! There are bargains out there, I'm just lucky on occasion, ha, to stumble over them.