This summer I am very excited to take on a project in my back yard. My children love fruit, and I can never seem to buy enough of it. I swear I am at the grocery store daily buying apples and strawberries when in season.
My solution, I’m turning my back yard into a food harvest for my kids to plant their food, care for their food, and prepare their food. An Apple tree is first on my list. However, I have my eye on a few others as well.
Pears: Pear trees are fairly easy to grow and can live for a long time. You do need to plant two kinds of pears for pollination. Summercrisp, a University of Minnesota introduction, is a good cultivar. Other hardy cultivars include Ure, Patten and Parker.
Plums: These attractive ornamental trees flower very early in the spring. Plant a good pollinator (such as Toka) near a fruiting variety, such as Alderman, which produces delicious, medium-sized plums.
Cherries: Sweet cherries are not reliably hardy in Minnesota, but tart cherries Meteor and Mesabi are hardy throughout the state. Both trees usually have to be covered with nets to keep birds from eating the fruit. North Star, another hardy variety, grows only about 10 feet tall and makes a nice ornamental plant. Plant cherries in the late fall or early spring
Peaches and Apricots: Temperatures lower than 20 degrees below zero will kill the flower buds on peach and apricot trees, which is why they’re tough to grow in in some areas. Both require two kinds for pollination and tend to have fruits that are short-lived. Moongold and Sungold, both introductions, can bear fruit if the early flowers survive our late spring weather.’
My family is going to really enjoy our summer! Please feel free to tell us what your family is doing too!
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