Big Trees on Big Trailer

Talented workers have no trouble loading large trees onto a long trailer to bring them to a new landscaping project. Large native trees transplant well when grown in porous fabric containers and loved between each repotting over the years. Natural shaping and real local soil produce nice large trees from carefully selected acorns. Planting a native oak tree will be a great investment for the future. These trees are Coast Live Oaks - also known as Quercus agrifolia.

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

A Shade House for Young Trees

A nice shady cool spot is excellent for young trees at the nursery. Tiny natives start out from seed, root or cutting in a lath house. Outdoor rooms with shade cloth or thin strips of wood keep most of the sun off the seedlings and starter sizes of new plants. A mist of water will spray overhead to keep up humidity. When the trees are ready they will be potted to a larger size and moved to a less protected part of the farm.

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.