Spring Is Upon Us – Garden Update

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When I was a little kid, we lived in a rent house with a giant pecan tree in the back. One of the ones that seemed to reach all the way to the sky. I used to love when your entire extended family would be out there picking pecans, then cracking bags and bags of them, and stuffing yourself until you couldn’t handle anymore.

That memory laid dormant for a really long time. I didn’t grow up  in a house with fruit trees or a garden. It’s not something my parents did. But we first bought our house, it came with 2 fully mature fruit trees – a loquat and an orange tree. Picking fresh fruit off those trees and a few podcasts that led me down the permaculture rabbit hole and I was ready to jump in.

We planted a dozen trees that year and we’ve put in a dozen more in the 2-3 subsequent years. I’ve spent countless hours planting, fertilizing, watering, weeding, staking, trimming, all these trees and not eaten a single piece of fruit. That my friends is playing the long game (however our garden has given us tons of vegetables).

Finally in year 3, the trees have hit a critical max. They require extremely minimal inputs and are FINALLY putting on fruit! It’s really exciting to see all these trees finally becoming productive.

I don’t do this to be frugal or save money, that’s just a side benefit. It’s largely because I enjoy being outside, working in the dirt, and enjoying the satisfaction of of growing something. It’s also good exercise. However, I am hoping I make my time and money back on these trees over the next few years as the real productivity is just starting.

Are you gardening? Doing some permaculture? Let me know in the comments.

I’ve put a few pictures below:

The Loquat that inspired my fruit tree interest

Huge loquat

Long view of peach, plum, and pear trees.

Peaches

Peaches

Peaches

Nectarine

2nd tree line – pomegranates, plums and figs

Plums

Persimmon

Persimmon

Olive tree is still too small for fruit

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Fig. Water bottles weigh down limbs that I shouldn’t have let grow so high.

Fig

Plums


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  1. Gen Y Finance Guy

    I am pretty sure I don’t enjoy the gardening aspect nearly as much as you, let alone at all.

    However, I do enjoy eating the fruits of my labor. And my wife really enjoys working outside around the house tending to all of plants and trees. Next week we are planting two avocado trees.

    We already have a lime tree and a orange tree in the backyard. And we will be putting together another small garden in the next week or so to plan tomatoes, jalepenos, and not sure what else yet.

    My favorite thing to plan are heirloom tomatoes…talk about something that tastes amazing that can be picked from the backyard.

    We are nowhere near your scale, but we are making progress.

    Cheers!

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      Adam

      I just like building things, whether it’s a DIY house project, brewing some beer or growing some tomatoes.

      It was a pretty huge undertaking to start, but I don’t spend near as much time on it as you probably think now that it’s established. It’s part of why I like trees. It takes a few years but they largely take care of themselves. I’ve tried really hard to put stuff in place that minimizes time. Once the trees were in the ground and I installed an irrigation system, it’s only a few hours a week in winter / fall and a bit more in the spring.

      Vegetables are really easy in the winter, but take a lot more active management summer and spring.

      Looking forward to seeing your garden pics.

  2. Steve Adcock

    You have a few more options than we do in our backyard. We have jalapenos (which grow REAL well here in Arizona), pomegranate, rosemary (which the dog loves to sniff), orange and a lime tree that I don’t believe is working properly along longer (tree seems to be alive, but alas, no limes!).

    It’s fun growing your own stuff, isn’t it? We had a lettuce patch last year and that stuff absolutely exploded. We could hardly contain its growth. We’re going to try some spicy bell pepper this year (I love peppers), so hopefully we’ll have a couple different pepper options in short order.

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      Adam

      Ya we’ve really put emphasis on the trees. We’re up to 22 (I think?). They take time to get results, but then it’s pretty much auto-pilot. If you can do citris, definitely add more of that. They’re super low maintenance except for the cold.

      Greens really do just explode. I love winter gardening. The greens just fill everything with no help. I cut a fresh salad for lunch almost everyday. We’ll be putting in the spring plants in the next week or so.

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