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 Fruit for all seasons 
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Post Fruit for all seasons
Recently I've been devoting a good deal of thought and planning to having an orderly progression of fruit harvests through the summer. The situation here, in short, goes like this:

June - Berry crops
July 1-10 - Sour cherries (early)
July 10-20 - Gap; sometimes filled by early apricots but these bear irregularly
July 21-31 - Sour cherries (late)
July 26-mid Sept. - Plums
August 15 - Early apples (Zestar, Duchess)
September onward - Plenty of fruit, main crop apples and pears, grapes, etc.
October - late crop apples
November - January - apples from the fridge
February - frozen, dried, or canned fruit, or things trucked in from far away

Dates may be a little earlier for some of you in warmer climates.

I'm trying to figure out a reliable way to fix the "July gap," in essence, the time between the end of the strawberries and the beginning of the early plums. The sour cherries are a start and I may experiment with the new, hardy semi-sweet types. Beyond that, I don't know quite what to do, since apricots are unreliable at best here. I suppose some of the everbearing strawberries and raspberries would work but they're a lot of work to grow.

Thoughts?


Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:07 am
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Location: Portland, OR
Post Re: Fruit for all seasons
Goumi berries produce then. Currants, gooseberries, of which there are many species and kinds produce great then. There are many kinds of pie cherries, including introductions from Hungary through Michigan State, that may spread out your harvest. Jubileum is 10-14 days before Montmorency and danube or Balafon I think is two weeks after. I assume sweet cherries are not hardy enough for you there.
John S


Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:20 pm
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