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  1. #1
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    Default Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Seed catalogs are pouring in. My problem is on my residential lot, something has to die, to plant anything else. If I had an acre it would be an orchard! If you had to pick one zone 3/4 apple, pear, plum or apricot, which one would it be? I realize that they all need pollinators.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Bees love apple blossoms. I love apples.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    I love apples too and am looking for peoples favorite varieties that are capable of surviving my climate.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    When is the best time to plant a tree? Answer........... 20 years ago!
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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    we planted 2 honeycrisp trees last year. they have only been available a couple years. love them from the store, looking forward to a crop. we have almost 3 acres and my wife has most of it in food production. we have some old variety apple trees, but i never remember which ones. i was up in vaughn 2 weeks ago picking up an airedale pup. we order mostly from johnnys seeds and fedco for cold hardy stock.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Order your seeds and a black ski mask. Then seed the neighbors lots at night. Don't forget to put on the ski mask.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Pears need a lot less care and can be grown with no spraying, if
    that is an issue for you. Pick a blight resistant variety. I think there are a few self pollinating varieties. Grandpas Orchard has many varieties, and I think it's in MN so should be cold hardy.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Fuji apples taste great, are pest free and hang on the tree for a long time without getting too ripe.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Thanks for the regional tip. I have bees a few miles from Vaughn. Thanks for the input folks. I have pears and apples already and want to squeeze in a couple more things. I have discovered espalier.

    Quote Originally Posted by justin View Post
    we planted 2 honeycrisp trees last year. they have only been available a couple years. love them from the store, looking forward to a crop. we have almost 3 acres and my wife has most of it in food production. we have some old variety apple trees, but i never remember which ones. i was up in vaughn 2 weeks ago picking up an airedale pup. we order mostly from johnnys seeds and fedco for cold hardy stock.

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    I love apples too and am looking for peoples favorite varieties that are capable of surviving my climate.
    Are you aware of St. Lawrence Nursery? This is a Zone 4 company, but they have many fruit trees that grow in even harsher climates, and rate the varieties based on hardiness, as well as many other factors. Just Google the name. I seem to recall that they have over 150 apple varieties.

    They don't sell trees on dwarfing rootstocks, however. Their view is that the growing season in the North Country is too brief for dwarfs.
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

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    Default Re: Doggone seed catalogs~!

    You could also go around to the neighbors and ask them to plant some apple/pair trees on their properties. If someone came to me and offered to plant and all I had to do was watch I would do it. You might also create a neighborhood beautification committee and you are the chair of course and tell them that they need to pay for the trees and the committee will plant them. Don't let anyone come to your meetings or you will have company. Be creative people will love the help on their gardens by you and you get what you need seeded around the neighborhood. Pick up a few extra lavender plants when you are out and take them to the new family on the block and plant it for them. The more local food you have the less you need to feed.

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