This is the year of the fruit at Dirtiest House in the World. We have successfully eliminated purchasing vegetables and eggs from the grocery store. Perchance we can do the same for fruit?
I seriously can not tell you how many fruit trees we have planted this year but it is a lot. Some fruit trees need a pollinator partner and some do not. Some can be pollinated by any member of the citrus family and some need their exact same variety. This is something a good garden center can tell you. As always, we recommend Fanick's in San Antonio and The Natural Gardener in Austin. Fruit trees are an investment and it is worth a longer drive to find high quality plants and knowledgeable people.
I have often heard that fruit trees bring heartache. They easily attract bugs that eat all the deliciousness or can get infested with disease and keel over on you. We have not had any issues with our Dwarf Peach or Satsuma Orange that we put in last year, but they are young yet. We put in a new Meyer lemon to replace the one we lost in a bad frost last year. Our fall of a thousand lemons is gone for now. Le tragic. This year we planted a lime and a lemon close to the house to shelter them from the cold in winter.
But let us look ahead- instead of back. I hope to soon be enjoying a fruit salad with:
We also planted a mysterious peach tree that was growing out of my in-laws compost. Will it produce any edible fruit? Only time will tell.
Soon it will be melon time! I love how each season brings back old favorites. Getch your melon seeds now kids.