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Earth Day–We Planted TREES and VINES!

May 13, 2012

Ithaca is starting to get really warm again! Gorge season!!! Yaaaay! I suppose our trees in our garden, which we planted on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, are enjoying the sunlight and warmth as well.

Let us introduce briefly what we planted so far!

Hardy kiwis

Karryn, demonstrating how to spread the roots before planting.

The tiny hardy kiwifruit compared to the regular fuzzy kiwifruit. (photo from wikipedia)

Although they taste similar, hardy kiwifruits are different from the regular kiwis. The fruits are about the size of a large grape, aren’t covered with fuzz, and you can eat them without peeling! In eastern United States, the commercial kiwifruit only grows as far north as Maryland, but hardy kiwifruit plants tolerate temperatures as low as -25°F. We planted several varieties (Issai, Dumbarton Oaks, 49er, Geneva, Anna) to compare their taste and yields.

These are going to be climbing up our trellises to increase the yield in our small space and to create the feeling of a relaxing “green room”.

Beach plums

One of our wonderful volunteers!

Photo from wikipedia (Prunus maritima)

Beach plum is a fruiting shrub native to coastal dunes of the Northeastern United States. People have collected wild fruit to make preserves and jelly from colonial times.

Dwarf Asian Pear

Karryn joked that this is not her witch’s broom! … but if she had one, she’d want this bare root pear tree!

Nashi pear (梨, in Japanese) (Photo from wikipedia)

Asian pears are also known as apple pears, due to their appearance and juicy & crisp texture.

This tree boats 3 varieties of Asian pear grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock.  Right now it looks bare, but can’t wait until leaves sprout out!

Planting the dwarf pear, making sure its standing straight.

We will be planting more soon! Thank you everyone who came out to help out!!!!

<References:>

Hardy Kiwifruit  http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/mfruit/kiwifruit.html

Beach Plum   http://www.beachplum.cornell.edu/

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