What a week…first the nursery update and then a few photos from our week. Sunday open house for perennial edible plants (or just looking around). 10am – 2pm. 3295 Compton Road, East Highlands, Victoria. Plant list with prices here:
Three weeks ago we were unsure what the nursery would bring … stress from no activity, or stress from selling out ? Well it seems that it has been very busy, and have sold out of items, and furiously had to re-stock. In restocking, it means that Gord has had to research and order in plants… by the truck load. As with all of our new stock, we are planting out two of everything…yup, kind of ark like.
New additions include Evergreen Huckle berry (only one left), 12 foot tall Jujube (Chinese Date) trees, the best and most useful plums including Stanley, Santa Rosa and Methley, Sweet dwarf self fertile Lapins cherry, Morello cherry, edible crab apples (Red Sentinel and Whitney) to cross pollinate all the triploid apple trees, Aronia ‘Viking’ (Aronia melanocarpa), and more tea.
We also were able to find some Toona Sinensis and Japanese pepper trees (Zanthoxylum piperitum). The pepper tree is beautiful, it smells great and the leaves can be added into salads!
The dwarf sour cherries (Romeo, Juliet, Cupid and Valentine) arrived as well, Though called a sour cherry due to the genetics, the first three are sweet and Valentine is a pie cherry. Growing 6-8 feet and all self fertile, they are a nice tree to fit into an urban food forest.
Some good deals this week.
- We had lots of Red “Captivator” jumbo almost thornless Gooseberries arrive… bare root…with massive roots. Potted up in 3 gal pots. Very good price at $26.
- Asparagus (sweet purple). We planted ours yesterday, but our remaining stock NEEDS TO GET PLANTED ASAP. Only a few bundles of 10 left selling for $15.
Our lemons we started here are doing great! We’ll have home grown from Eco-Sense lemon trees next season.
It is that time of year and Gord has been grafting stone fruits, pears, apples and cherries. Due to the early spring, even T bud grafting is happening, rather than having to wait for May or June, the bark is slipping beautifully.
If sales continue the way they have the first three weekends, we may have to close before June. We have had customers from Courtney, Nanaimo, Gabriola, Duncan and Saltspring make the trek to find the items they have not been able to source elsewhere.
Here are a few photos from our week: