Apple Trees for the Urban Homestead

| 4/2/2015 11:35:00 AM

Tags: apple trees, urban homestead, Beni Shogun, River Road, Raintree, Deanna Tworivers, Washington,

Our original garden

In 2010 we moved into an urban duplex and began to farm the flowerbeds and back alley. 

One of the first things we did was to dream over the Raintree Nursery catalog. After many hours we settled on the dwarf varieties of Greensleeves (originally and English tree) and Beni-shogun (a type of Fuji developed for the Pacific NW). These trees were planted in large pots, planning ahead to the day when we would have our own home and could plant them in the ground. We also got a free tree from Craigslist. This tree, named River Road, was grafted by a member of a local tree grafting society.

We choose these trees because of their compatibility for pollination times, quality of fruit and compact size, making them practical for a small space and easy maintenance.

Over the years the trees survived in their pots and Greensleeves even produced a few apples.

In October of 2013 we moved to our “new to us” home, a 1/10 acre in a 1950's neighborhood. Broad streets, established trees and neighbors that garden in the front and backyards. What a nice change!

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