Monday, March 30, 2009

Fruit and Flowers

At the orchard right now only the apple and pear trees are left flowering. Peaches and plums have leafed out and are beginning new fruits. There's not that much fruit in season, but Peas and Harmony has a lot of organic seedlings for sale at the fruit stand. Here's what we have:

At the Fruit Stand:

  • Grapefruit--sweet white variety
  • Oranges--Valencia
  • Lemons--Eureka
  • Kiwi
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard
  • Eggs--from chickens at our orchard
  • Organic Seedlings--from Peas and Harmony-tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and more
Above is a photo of a peach growing from a peach blossom.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Come Take a Walk

Come take a walk in the orchard and see all the blossoming trees. The plum and peach trees are all in full bloom. The persimmon, Asian pear, apple, and cherry trees are budding and about to leaf out or bloom.

We have been busy preparing garden beds for planting, planting new trees and pruning, and trying to finish putting in the new irrigation system.

Above is Viviano standing in a peach tree.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gardening Classes

Peas and Harmony is an all-organic nursery and design center that has a demonstration garden at the orchard. People are welcome to visit the garden, and they sell organic plants at the fruit stand.

Peas and Harmony is having a series of gardening classes take place at the orchard. Here's what they're doing in March:

"Jump Start the Growing Season"--Saturday, March 28th, 9:30-12 PM
"The Dirt on Soil & Seeds"--Saturday, March 28th, 1PM-3:30 PM

For more information, and to register, go to their website at .

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Orchard in Bloom

Most of the trees in the orchard are now in bloom. It's a nice time to come take a walk, if you can find a break in the rain. This coming weekend is supposed to be sunny.

In the photo above you can see peach trees with pink blossoms and plum trees with white.

Monday, March 2, 2009

What's at the Fruit Stand Now?

Here's what we have for sale at the fruit stand now:

  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges--Valencia, Nodahara's Navel variety (very large)
  • Lemons--Meyer, Eureka
  • Kiwi
  • Honey--From bees at our orchard
  • Gourds--for decorations and crafting
Some organic plant seedlings are for sale at the fruit stand from Peas and Harmony, also. See their website for more details (

Here's a link to a recent story about Meyer Lemons from National Public Radio. It includes a bit of history about the fruit and some good recipes.

Above is a photo of one of the grapefruit trees at the orchard.

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