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Joined: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 428
Location: SW Washington
Post HOS tour opportunity
I know the HOS likes to arrange tours of people's home orchards to see what they have done with them.

Well in the "before and after" sense I assume that these tours are "after" the host has established an orchard that members would like to tour.

I know we're a bit of a drive for most members, but I'm thinking of offering a "before" tour.

We're now on 2.5 acres in Camas and there are some existing trees to work with.

Looks like 2 sweet cherries, 2 or 3 sour cherries.
A couple of peach trees that are managing to survive
A pretty large apple tree that didn't flower this spring.
Big plum tree on which I've found 2 developing fruit so far.
A bunch of red and white currants with a lot of seeds.
There are also a lot of wild strawberries, blackberries, and at least one other type of aggregate berry that I haven't identified.

Unfortunately the rest is planted on top of the septic drainfield, so I'm not counting the pear, apricot, and other apple tree because they will be on their way out.

So far I've planted:
2 Pawpaw seedlings
2 Pawpaw varieties
2 fig trees
3 feijoa (pineapple guava) varieties

Along with a sense of curiosity, I know the HOS members have a wealth of experience.

I'd love to hear ideas for where to put things, how to manage what is already here, how to arrange the new stuff, what to get, and how to fit it in with only vaguely formed ideas for what we'd like to do on the property in the future.

Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:14 am

Joined: Mon May 10, 2004 1:00 pm
Posts: 204
Location: SE Portland
Post Re: HOS tour opportunity
I like the idea a lot, as long as it attracts the more as well as the less knowledgeable. I could have used the advice and learned a lot from discussion around it before I made my planting decisions.

I've planted, moved stuff around on and removed from my small lot over the last ten years based on whatever I thought I knew at the time. Gone: bushes planted for the benefit of birds that birds had no interest in, currants that turned out to be mostly seed and little fruit, miserable multiply-grafted pear, blueberry that didn't survive a move. Relocated and survived: the rest of the blueberry bushes. Permanently settled because it's too big to move: Ashmead's Kernel on M111. Still young, but growing on a stainless-cable trellis that I don't even want to think about moving: half a dozen apple trees on M26.

It's all doomed to fail in the future, because I have an Oregon White Oak growing inexorably in the same yard, so my legacy will be shade rather than fruit. I'm betting that I'll get some years of fruit before the oak prevails, but quite possibly everything I've done has been idiotic.

Would have been good to get some educated opinions before I made such conflicting commitments.

Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:23 pm
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