Starting Fruit Trees - Most are Grafted

We all can graft our own trees and the local chapters of California Rare Fruit Growers will help you by making available way more varieties than you could ever need and will show you how to graft your own with several workshops per year. Here at Main Street Trees we offer some fruit trees that are grafted and some that are not. Some are of a large size and already had yummy fruit last year. If you are in a hurry for fruit you can buy a tree that already has a nice shape started and will probably have fruit this year. If you are not in a hurry, you can graft a branch onto a tree you have or start your own rootstock and make a fruit cocktail tree. Grow short trees or bushes and you can reach all the fruit without a ladder. Grow fruit close together through pruning have smaller plants and more variety of fruit to harvest over the year. More different varieties in smaller spaces can provide you with more food security. Fresh local food - your back yard!

Heirloom Apples - Grow your own - Yumm

Fall and Winter are great seasons to add to your food and beauty in your yard, big or small. We are featuring both modern and heirloom fruit tree varieties. Seven of the old apple types we are selling are as follows and the date after the variety name is an estimate of the year it has been enjoyed and protected since.
Arkansas Black 1886
Ashmead's Kernal 1700
Northern Spy 1800
Bramley's Seedling 1813
Golden Russet 1845
Belle de Boskoop 1856
Waltana 1910

Hops for Relaxation

Hop Vine at Main Street Trees Nursery

Hop vines are a treat in any garden and very easy to grow. This photo shows how big my vines are now—these are already 12 feet tall! This variety is Nugget Hop. I’m also trying out 8 other varieties.

Multiple uses: Hops are of course an age-old key taste ingredient in beer brewing. I like to trade some dried hop flowers with my home-beer-brewing friends—in exchange I get a taste of the beer! The full bunches of greenish flowers are also worth the effort just for themselves. They can be dried for an arrangement or used herbally as a sleep aid, either in a tea or stuffed into a pillow.

Hops will get very tall and harvest can be done after the vines are brought low. Later in the year I’ll post harvest photos of the part that is used—the fragrant, sticky flower. Over the winter the rhizome is dormant underground and the last year’s dried vines are clipped off. Then in spring, the new vines quickly shoot up the string or wire used to train them upward.

Citrus Tasting

Lucky friends and customers visiting or shopping at Main Street Trees landed in front of this table full of a dozen different citrus that were ripe on that day last month. It's helpful to taste the fruit before buying a tree. Grow what you and your family will most enjoy. Dozens of folks had a hands-on taste test of fruit ripe at that time.

New style gardeners are now growing plants in their yards that provide fruits and vegetables year round. To that, we add our backyard eggs and small-scale natural beekeeping for honey. And so we shop a little less. We know our food's source and that it's wholesome and good.