Friday, June 4, 2010
Life is a (small) bowl of cherries
Our surviving Early Richmond cherry tree gave us enough cherries in the second year for a couple of quarts of cherry ice cream. The cherries are small, but tart.
Top photo shows a closeup of the fruit. The tree, shown in the bottom photo, stands about five-feet tall.
I had to replace a twin cherry tree that didn't make it through the first year. I'm hoping it will come around for it's sophomore season.
The apple and pear trees just up the hill from the cherry trees are not fairing as well. Even though I put garlic spikes on the limbs, deer still like to chew off the ends of the branches. Also, some gnawing animal is attacking the bark at ground level.
If the fruit trees make it until the fall, I think I will transplant them to an open spot closer to the vegetable garden. It may be open enough there that the deer won't be so bold. I don't think I'm going to be building anymore 8-foot deer fencing.