Yesterday, I became the proud mama of nine small certified organic heirloom apple trees. I feel like sending out birth announcements since I am so excited. Here is how it would read:
With much happiness and anticipation, we are pleased to announce the adoption of our 9 bundles of semi-dwarf heirloom apple trees to our family. Smokehouse, Redgold, Pumpkin Russet, Rhode Island Greening, Macoun, Northern Spy, Idared, Empire, and King of Tompkin are from strong stock and were named after their heirloom ancestry, which in some cases dates back many, many years.
They arrived on March 18 as anticipated, bare root, certified organic, in excellent health and wrapped up together to make sure their journey was safe. They were quickly whisked away to their cradles in the soil and are resting comfortably surrounded by compost and a wooden support to help them brave their toddler years against Mother Nature. They will be receiving a tree guard soon to make sure their trunks remain unharmed by our well wishing animal neighbors, Miss Rabbit, Mr. Mouse, and Ms. Doe.
Their surrogate parent, Trees of Antiquity, nourished them lovingly, made sure they were certified organic, and helped us to pick out which heirloom apples trees would help each other to flourish, not bicker, and pollinate. From the beginning, Trees of Antiquity’s gentle hands made sure the trees were grown without harmful chemicals to be a perfect fit in our organic garden family.
We look forward to future family apple picking birthdays when our bundles reach the age of three to four years old, and approximately 15 to 18 feet tall.
Our babies join their sisters, blueberries and strawberries.The whole family is bursting with joy for they are clearly the apple of our eyes.
What have I gotten myself into?
Other sources of certified organic apple and fruit trees: Organic Sam’s in Maine.
All my babies are thriving after I put an 8 foot fence around them. The deer nipped at their buds and I over watered them. Once I stopped fussing about them, feed them with Dr Earth’s fruit tree fertilizer, they were happy as can be. (You can buy this amazing fertilizer in the GT Store.) I did lose one tree since I watered it to death. So, I can’t stress enough about over watering.
When I planted the new tree I did not water it but let Mother Nature take over. It did fine without my intervention since it rained in the summer. See here for planting instructions. Let me know if you own apple trees or other fruit trees and what are your secrets?
PS. I just re-read my birth announcement. There is a definite need for a gardening intervention here.