William Sharek

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Thank you for the replies. In short, I am just grateful that we have what we have (sunny 1.3 acres overlooking the river)...and the 25 trees that we already planted are still alive.
6 months ago
Thank you for the encouragement. I am happy that our trees continue to grow.... despite the absence of a "bumper crop" of fruit that I had hoped for. Still, we get enough cherries to put a smile on my wife's face, and that is sometimes enough of a blessing.
6 months ago
It is good to know that others have troubles growing fruit. Every year I plant at least 1 semidwarf fruit tree. The Fuji apple and the Jonathan apple (one each) that I planted 12 years ago finally had fruit, although only a dozen apples each, this summer. We also have one each of Red Delicious, Yellow, Macintosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, Winesap and Granny Smith. For my wife, I planted an equal number of cherry trees ....also one each of Black Tartan, Royal Ann, Bing, Van, Lambert, Jubilee (2), Hudson and White Gold. Like the apple trees, I started 12 years ago and only the Bing and the Jubilee are bearing fruit (the oldest). We also have four pear trees, planted in 2006, which are knobby-looking trees (not smooth bark) and produce only 3-4 pears each. I am grateful to the person who posted the old adage "pears are for your heirs". They are healthy trees but obviously will produce in time for my grandson to pick them. I guess the point is that you have to plant fruit trees, not because you want a lot of fruit, but because you are a dreamer who wants to dream that your kids and grandkids will be the one to benefit sometime in the future. By the way, this was the first year that my grandson (age 6) climbed the oldest cherry tree which I planted in 2005 or 2006. By the way, this was the first year that I planted two Paw Paws, a.k.a. the northern banana. Part of our land (we own about 1.3 acres) gets very wet due to the slope of the land and everything planted there was dying. I was told that the Paw Paw likes bog-like soil so we are hoping that we get this fruit. Unfortunately, they say that this tree requires 10-15 years so I guess my grandson will enjoy this fruit when I am probably in my wheelchair.
6 months ago
This is my first visit. I have always dreamed about having a fruit orchard. Sixteen years ago, I bought 1.33 acres near Annapolis, Md. Since then ...over the years... I have planted 24 fruit trees, 35 blackberries, and various other fruits. So far, not much fruit. Maybe 2-3 gallons of blueberries (I put them into old water jugs so that is how I measure them). Cherries (7 trees) grow well but seem to provide fruit mostly for squirrels. Peaches (3 trees) disappear overnight ...again squirrels. Pears (4 trees) ...very stubborn at producing fruit even after sixteen years. Apples (10 trees) are still growing I guess since each tree only produces 3-4 apples a year. When I started, this was something I planned while I worked as an accountant. But I retired last year (FINALLY!) and I still have dreams of having a fruit orchard. By the way, I also built an underground concrete cold-cellar which my wife calls a "bomb shelter" since we have not had enough fruit to store. So I am looking to buy land somewhere within 200 miles where I can really produce fruit. Any ideas? Anyone know of an old orchard for sale?  I think my problem here is that you need a lot more sun than we have (we get about 6 hours of sun a day). So either I cut down a lot more trees....we cut down about thirty oak and holly trees when I first started.... or find a space that is more open. Comments would be welcome
6 months ago