Most of the things we grow for food around here are annuals. They spend a few glorious productive months giving up their bounty, then die, and are started anew from seeds the following year. We do have a few things that feed us year after year, like the six blueberry bushes that have been such an important part of our early summer.
Most of the others aren’t having such a great season…
There are three apple trees in the yard; a standard and a dwarf whose varieties are lost to time, and the espallier tree in the kitchen garden with its grafted branches of Fuji, Gala, and Liberty. All totalled, I can see eight apples among the three of them. Bad weather at bloom time means no big haul this year.
Our pear tree is a sad little thing, with a grand crop of three fruits this year…unless there more hiding in the upper reaches, but that’s doubtful.
Part of the problem with this tree and the two older apples, is that they were planted to be Lawn Trees, and their location isn’t very good for fruit production. I’d love to give them some new friends in the back field, but that’s a few years away.
The wild blackberries are starting to ripen. There are lots of them, but they’re small from the lack of rain over the last month or so. I’m so used to these, that I’m always amazed at the size of commercial berries – easily four times as big! The flavor isn’t the best this year, either.
There IS one member of the permanent collection that’s having a banner year! With any luck, we’ll have a few jars of Concord Grape jelly in the cupboard this fall!