On the way to the farm last Saturday, I remembered that we needed some veggies to start getting ready for Fall garden planting. So I popped into the garden center. Then I saw some trees over in a corner. They looked like fruit tree from a distance and sure enough, they were. I asked the cashier and she said they just got them in but didn't know how much about them. She checked and said "they're $15 each because it's the end of the season".
I looked at them and once I realized what they were...I said to myself "SOLD!".
|Joey avocado trees|
First up, AVOCADO trees!
And a quick search of Google revealed that they are the variety best adapted to our climate. These are the "Joey avocado", hardy down to 15 degrees and drought tolerant once established.
|Lemon, orange and lime|
Then I found 2nd Man's citrus trees.
He's been wanting citrus at the farm and so I got "the trinity" of citrus...an orange, a lemon, and a lime. The orange is not a true orange per se, I mean, not like a Navel...it's an Owari Satsuma, the lemon is a Meyer Lemon, and finally a Persian Lime. Once again, the best varieties for our area and climate.
|Arbequina olive trees|
And these, for $15 each are probably the best deals...they are two Arbequina Olive trees! I've seen this size for $60 and up in catalogs. We got two for $30! We already have one, in a container, that was in our backyard at the house in town before we moved. We took it to the farm and it's growing out there, though contained in a large clay pot. As with the others, we did our research and this is the variety grown in our part of Texas.
With the other trees, they will be planted in our orchard area...for the olives I need to do some research. They can live hundreds of years, want to make sure they are in the right spot, ha!! Seriously though, we do need to think ahead. I think they would be better together, but I'm still trying to keep all the trees closer to the house and water. Who knows, maybe three olive trees will give us our own olive oil someday.
A few down, still a few more to go!
Go fruit trees!