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Do you grow fruit trees or berry bushes?

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by mythreesons290322, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Feb 24, 2018
    mythreesons290322

    mythreesons290322 Lovin' The Homestead

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    I grow a fruit orchard along with many different berry bushes..

    I preserve or eat fresh as much as I can from them. I mostly like to can pie fillings, dehydrate, make juice and make jams or jellies.

    My apple trees haven’t given me any apples yet so I forage for them.
     
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    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    I have two fig trees, two persimmon trees, 3 lemon trees, 1 lime, and a pomegranate tree. The lemon trees and the fig trees produce more than we can use. Love it!
     
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    milkmansdaughter

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    We have fig, Asian pear, 1 lime tree, and 1 apple tree producing. 2 lime, 1 olive, 5 apple, a pawpaw, and a peach tree not producing yet.

    Scupernong and muscadine grapes producing. Blueberries and blackberries just starting to produce.
    Black walnut and pecan trees producing but need fertilizing and care.
     
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    Britesea

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    we have raspberries that are producing but still ramping up to full production, 2 chokecherries, 2 apple trees that give me a decent crop every other year alternating with 2 yellow plum the other years. We also have a couple of baby wild plums, a peach, and 5 hazelnuts. Other than those, I forage for elderberries, apples from some old trees in abandoned areas, and more chokecherries.
     
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    milkmansdaughter

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    @Britesea , what do you use the chokecherries for? We had those as a kid, but mainly used them to trick friends...

    FEM, I'd grow a pomegranate just for my mom. She lived many years in southern California as a kid, and loved them. I hadn't even thought of them, but I might be too far north.
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    My pomegranate trees are young and I got one pomegranate off of one tree, lol. Hopefully it gets better!
     
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    400 blueberry bushes. raspberries pretty much died off from a virus over the last 2 years. :( 1 mature apple tree of whatever-no-name baking apples. We've been planting fruit and nut trees, but many years until they mature. Also have nannyberries and a native bush cranberry planted - I think 25 of each and many years left for them to mature as well.
     
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    milkmansdaughter

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    Nanny berries? :idunnoI have no idea what that is! Off to google I go...
     
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    Britesea

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    @milkmansdaughter the only thing I've done with the chokecherries is make a jam with it, but I've seen recipes for making juice or syrup or vinegar with them, and also using the juice to make a chokecherry tart. Chokecherries are very closely related to black cherries
     
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  10. Feb 25, 2018
    mythreesons290322

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    Holy moly, 400 blueberries bushes do you own a u-pick or sell your berry’s?

    I’ve never heard of nannyberries..I want to add a couple cranberry bushescould you tell me do they produce a lot and is the taste the same as the store bought cranberry? I forgot that I also have 2-Nanking cherry bushes..

    I have a chokecherry and tried the berries right off the bush..all I can say is it tasted pretty sour..
     

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