I dream about growing and canning my own home grown food. In my grown-up years, I’ve never owned or tended a fruit tree, yet here I am, obsessed with planting a small orchard. Oh, but the plums, apricots, peaches and apples I could put up!
A few weeks ago, I planted some plum seeds and thought that would satisfy my orchard obsession. I guess not, because as I walked into Costco, and right there, right in front, was a whole display of five foot starter trees of all fruit varieties. I had read (or maybe I just told myself) that plum trees need to cross pollinate with other varieties in order to produce fruit. Sounded like a good reason to buy a tree to me. I chose a Satsuma plum with the same ruby red flesh as the plum tree seeds I had just planted.
Son Giver Man stopped by just as I was getting ready to plant my tree so I elicited his help. He used a post hole auger to dig the hole and only got a hairs breath below a foot before he hit the water table. The hole filled with water. It had been raining off and on for the past 10 days and most everything was waterlogged. I wasn’t too surprised, although I was a little worried about drainage issues.
We placed some fruit and vegetable soil in the hole, then the tree root ball, spreading the roots out, then topped with more soil. I pruned each of the branches back to within three inches of the main stem as per instructions, and we were done.
Spring doesn’t begin this year till March 20th, so don’t anticipate any budding until then.
Now, If I can just stay away from Costco for awhile.