FILLING YOUR GARDEN with CHEAP BUSHES/ TREES and building an ORCHARD!
A few years back, I'd stopped by a huge landscapers' nursery where all the apple trees were in 5 gallon cans and cost 65$. I was shocked. At that time, I was used to buying bare root roses for 1$ at 99c store, (the real deal, JACKSON PERKINS BRAND, online retailing for 16$...the very best hybrid tea roses.) Also, at that time, bareroot roses were 2$ at Home Depot but 99 gets no more roses and DEPOT charges way more for bare root, so now it's time to CLONE ROSES on your street. Simple. Clip off hardened ends, nothing too fresh and green, and root them under glass. Google the procedure.
We have to clone as everyone is paying 9$ for bareroot fruit/nut trees and a whole tree in a pot which THEN went for 17$ tops l9$. has doubled since then. Even back then, why would people actually go to nurseries and pay $65 for a fruit tree??? That's what I asked the clerk, how can you get away with these high prices? He said well people with resale numbers get 50% knocked off the price. Gardeners, landscapers. I recalled that my galpal who was doing a front and back garden for a chum went to City Hall, told them she planned to be a landscaper, got a resale number, free cuz she told the clerk she hadn't had even one client yet. He said 'come back when you do and she never did. Man, she had that resale number in her hot little hand! So try that trick.
OK, so (this is still back in 2003), I go to HOME DEPOT to get my bags of 88c manure and there's this POMEGRANATE bush (which will become a 15 foot tree in its maturity) At that moment it was as tall as my nose. My daughter LOVES that fruit so I bought a "Wonderful" pomegranate, only $16.95 Found a prime spot in my front yard. Dug a big deep hole, filled it with black compost, HELD the pot tight and yanked out the bush, gave a pomegranate a new home. I had tons of fruit in 2007 and even more growing on it now, 2010 when I'm editing and updating this file, the tree has four dozen huge fruit. I occasionally wade through the laborious process of EATING one but I prefer to juice them like oranges, add it to Hansen's fruit sodas, drink it with sugar, freeze the juice, once sugared, into cubes, then baggie them up and/or boil that juice again with sugar into grenadine syrup to store in closed glass jars in freezer, syrup does NOT become hard like cubes. I then slash some into water for instant juice. What would be great is if we had SODA dispensers like they had in Victorian times.. They shoot a geyser of bubbly into syrup. SYRUP was real fab in those days. Hercules Poirot's fave drink. He's always asking for Syrope! And last, with POMS, I I plant the seeds, give away seedlings. Fun bush!
Now, time travel with me. Same week back in 2003, I saw a tossed-on-the-trash group of oleanders that my neighbor obviously put by the curb, hoping someone would take it from him before it died. They were still potted with STORE POTS, black plastic, and had been with him for a year and hadn't flourished were going out the door being, quite atrophied. I carry the oleander to the back alley inside my NORTHERN fence, (See house online at zillow.com 7900 zelzah, reseda ca 91335..., alongside house, a little shady but who knows? Its width is 5 feet wide tops. I created a long bed there, 50 feet long but only 2 feet wide. Giving walking space on a small allee and anything planted there would be visible from bedroom. Oleanders on north side of house? A Plant that does well in sunny PROVENCE? Well heck, it doesn't produce anything edible, its sap is deadly. The damn plant should be glad that I let it in the door. I let four in as someone had thrown them away in their cans. They were pulled out and planted in the alley. Imagine people buying plants and leaving them in cans. Don't get it. They don't do well then they get dead and folks throw them out. I also have found pots of succulents and pots of salvias (they threw 'em away as the plastic pot was cracked..) find 'em in alleys. Remove them from damaged pot and replant. Mine got huge.
FRUGAL MOVES. Every bite from the market gets planted. Spinach plants. I peel off big leaves, plant the roots, Berries and grapes, I pick seeds out of my teeth, plant them. My neighbors prune grape vines, I bundle the sticks, fridge 'em plant them in spring. Papayas, apples, pears, nectarines, dates, if the thing has a seed it gets planted.
I put craigs list ads "Baby fruit trees, will trade for bag of potting soil."
Landscape businesses and nurseries produce cuttings and seeds. Gas station marigolds turn into seed bundles. I saw a field of DAY LILLIES on the corner outside BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO store, in its landscaping, that had produced little baby plantlets up on its branches, which is how they replicate. You can pick your heart out there. In Winter the branches would droop, the babies would go down to the ground and root. But that's not the point of this story.....My point is, you can get vines, trees, bushes, seeds and daylillies and can do that EVERY WEEK all year. You make mistakes of course. The apricot from seed is MOORPARK a variety that needs pollenating so I have to buy the right 'mate' for it. The kadota green fig with red interior is the only one that doesn't like alklaine soil. Cato wrote it up 200 yrs ago. The trees are massive, covered with thousands of fruit but they never ripen. Wody then turn to mush, ferment. Three big ones, too. (sigh) So you can make errors. But Citrus is my pride. Totally reliable from seed. If the citrus is ripe, plant the seed immediately, you will get fruit.
Garage sales are also very good sources of plants. When people move, they'll give you anything in the yard, so FEBRUARY when plants are dormant, that's a good time to buy stuff. Every "FOR SALE" sign is a potential STOP by you. When the house goes into garage sale mode, I'll buy that baby apple tree, those roses. Most people don't throw sapling sized trees that are in the ground into a moving truck. I do. I've moved many times and carried trees with me. (see MOVE THE SOIL)
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