Heirloom Apples

Here in Napa at our suburban farm we grow apple trees. We have new varieties, common varieties and heirloom varieties. One of the oldest is probably Ashmead's Kernal Apple from 1700. I'm sure it never won a beautiful fruit award but it is a high scorer in taste tests. Click to the apple page on the website to see our list including Gravenstein 1669, Waltana 1910, Golden Russet 1845, Bramley's Seedling1813, Belle de Boskoop 1856, Northern Spy 1800. It is no wonder that the heirlooms have been preserved when you taste them. Worth growing because they taste great.

Orange Trees

Gardeners who are spreading the fruit ripening over more of the year can have flowers on one tree and ripe fruit on another. These Trovita Oranges ripen in the spring and summer when the winter ripe varieties are in flowers. The fruit is great tasting and there are few seeds, thin skin and they are easy to grow. Even the peels can be used to flavor excellent beverages and foods especially if you avoid using pesticides that can collect in the skin oils. The trees can be grown as a shrub if winter covering is needed and that way the fruit is easy to reach. Oranges create year round beauty in your yard.