|Pomona, Ontario, Flesherton, CA
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Toronto , CA
Project: Pomona Farm
Posted by Kristy Bard over 7 years ago
This year we successfully grafted Toka plums onto our wild plums. We experimented with several apple grafts as well, but only one took. We are in the process of brewing 24 gallons of apple cider from our apples, and have some apple cider vinegar on the go as well.
In the Spring we bought two Toka plums, an Ida Red apple, a Honeycrisp apple, and two pears (Golden Spice and Flemish Beauty) from Silvercreek Nursery. We dug a pond at a highpoint and planted asparagus, fiddleheads and strawberries. We tripled our garlic production this year over last so that's an annual crop we are going to try and specialize in. Other crops that did well this year despite the drought: hubbard squash, crookneck squash, roma tomatoes, potatoes, leeks, onions, black currants, apples and our large black walnut tree. The squirrels ate all of our corn but they are forgiven since they ensure we have new black walnut seedlings every year.
We've just put in an order for 25 Mark Sheppard hybrid hazelnuts for next Spring from Artemesia. This will add to the 6 native hazelnuts and 10 hybrid hazelnuts from Wiffletree we've planted previously.
Last year we planted seabuckthorn and saskatoon berries obtained from Ivan Chan (Eden in Season); the mushroom log he gave us last year sprouted shiitakes this September, so we plan on getting more. They're perfect for our cedar forest. The two Montmorency sour cherries we got from the conservation authority last year are doing really well. This year we decided to experiement with a Bing cherry, though we know it may not survive/become productive given our zone. If it survives the winter we'll consider getting a pollinator for it.
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