Over the last couple of weeks I've been making more purchases. The first are the seeds. I decided to trial a couple of C. moschata. That is the only kind of squash that will grow here with the squash vine borers. It isn't that I can't get another kind to set fruit, but it is rare that they have the time to ripen it before the plants die. The two types are Thai Rai Kaw Tok and Upper Ground Sweet Potato Squash. Both of those are a mouthful to say. Why can't seed breeders come up with something shorter? I just hope they do well in the garden this year. Then I would love them no matter what they are called. I got them from Baker Creek, which has the best selection of C. moschata squash I've seen anywhere. The total was $9.50. Shipping adds so much to little orders.
Also for the vegetable garden I bought some more netting. I decided to get two bolts as I probably won't have to buy any next year. Though I have an eye on it for using more up (sady), which I'll talk about later. Total $71.65.
The other purchase are some more fruit trees. My figs are never going to produce enough to make them worth it. If I loved figs a lot, it would be worth it. But I just like them. So I'm going to rip them out. In addition my Green Gage plum tree is very unhappy. Every year it looks sick. Then the aphids attack. It grows, but I think it will never do well. I'm going to try another variety of plum. Or more to the point two varieties on one tree. This one has Shiro and Redheart on it. From what I hear the Shiro will grow like crazy to start so I'll have to keep it a bit under control until the Redheart catches up. Or I can just have a really unbalanced tree for a while.
I thought about another plum tree, but to be honest plums are sometimes bearers around here with the plum curculio so I didn't want to plant more than one more unless I knew it could produce constantly. I already have one in the vegetable garden, but it is more of an ornamental than a really good producer. I could use the fruit of more than one as plums are my tomato substitute (I can't eat tomatoes).
So instead I decided to add a persimmon. I wanted it to be short to fit in the rock wall so I picked Itchy. Really it is Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro, but it is another one of the huge too long names. Why oh why can't people pick short names. Redheart and Shiro are both great names. So I'm sticking with Itchy. This one gets 8-10' tall. The double plum gets 12-15' tall, but I'm going to endeavor to keep both to 6' so they are harvestable. After several years of pruning my other trees small, I have more confidence that I can do this. If not, well I'll either have to let it go, which wouldn't be so good in its spot, or I'll have to replace it with something other than a plum.
The last tree that I'm going to put in is a Pink Lady apple. I wanted a Jazz apple, but no one sells them. Basically I'm going with a good eating apple and we already have a Honey Crisp and a Ginger Gold in the yard. My other espaliered trees are all applesauce apples. So I figured a late eating apple would be nice. If I get too many, I can make any apple into applesauce for my husband. This will be espaliered just like my other apples in the rock wall garden. Though it will be smaller as the spot is only 5' wide, not 8'. These trees add $103.92 to my fruit tally. I continue to spend money every year on fruit. I wonder if some year I'll just stop and start making the tally positive instead of negative.
- Fruit Tally
- This week: -103.92
- This year: -113.92
- Total all years: -943.89
- Vegetable Tally
- Baker Creek: -9.50
- Netting: -71.65
- This weeks total: -81.15
- Yearly Total: -292.62
I've got a lot of negatives. Last year was the first year the yearly fruit tally was positive. I hope production makes up for my spending again this year. But I have a long way to go before my orchard pays for itself. The veggie garden pays for itself every year. In fact usually I'm down at the beginning of the year about $400-$500 and up a $1000 at the end of the year. But a lot of my long term big items had their amortization time run out. The costs are all upfront though, so it looks so bad even though this year seems a bit better. Not that I've finished spending yet.
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