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  •  wowsers... just learned a LOT about sour cherries (8+ / 0-)

    in Canada! where we're planning to move & garden. I went off looking, in order to mention the Morello cherry: I really like Crofters Organic MORELLO Cherry conserve, which is available here in OR in organic groceries -- that is a documented medieval variety still in cultivation. Crofter's is located in Ontario CA.

    Seems like Canadian varieties might also be of interest to all of you Rocky Mt & Northern Plains folk who share a lot of those weather patterns (or do in "normal" times).

    I was already planning to look into having Morello's in whatever new garden we set up in BC; have also found on-line info about  "saskatoon berry"; U of Saskatchewan's work creating a dwarf bush cherry (machine harvestable) with Mongolian cherries; haskap berries (a blueberry sort of). Will definitely be spending some more time at places like the cherry growers assoc pages; and the Canadian govt agriculture websites...

    your fruit production scheme sounds wonderful! about how much space do that many trees take up? we will probably be pretty limited space-wise... thx

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:36:02 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you for that fascinating information -- (6+ / 0-)
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      welso, kishik, estreya, jayden, Frankenoid, chimene

      those cherries and berries sound really good!

      And thank you, Franki, for another lovely diary. I love Arwen and the flowers.

    •  I've got a fairly good size lot - about 1/3 acre (3+ / 0-)
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      estreya, Frankenoid, welso

      and there are stretches of grass with some islands.  The previous owners put some trees in the grass and some on the islands.  The trees I've planted have been put on the islands, but the older fruit trees are all growing in the actual grass areas.  I try and go by the spacing recommended by the tags that come with the tree and they generally have seemed to recommend planting 15-20 feet apart, though they also say the spread is about 10-20 feet, so that spacing would probably have some branches eventually growing into each other.  The new trees on the islands will hopefully grow up over the bushes that exist there - some snowball bushes, some dogwood and some I don't recall.  I need to record the various plants and start tracking their bloom and harvest times along with other various climate data.

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