Yesterday we took the final steps in returning the Orchard to its 1996 "Willie Nelson Concert" glory. As would be expected in an orchard that went several years without receiving any love (or water), many trees had passed on, leaving gaps and even entire rows missing. Our first two summers of ownership we spent returning the orchard to health. Last summer we were rewarded with a bumper crop of many varieties of beautiful cherries, apples, pears, and plums.
With 110 new trees from the Van Wells Nursery in East Wenatchee, we have filled in the gaps and now have a lovely orchard with happy fruit trees including peaches, nectarines, apricots, more of those fantastic "Elephant Heart" plums, plus even more varieties of apples and cherries, and the returning cast of pear and plum varieties. It is a pleasure to intermingle our 30-year-old (or older!) trees, still producing excellent fruit but not as much of it, with the youngsters who are just turning out their first product.
We look forward to homemade jams, jellies, sauces and preserves!
P.S. To any deer reading this: keep out! You have been warned.