Pomegranate Harvest, Blueberry Defenses

Spent the weekend putting the summer garden to bed – coiling up hoses, deconstructing tomato structures, pulling old plants, and harvesting green tomatoes, the few remaining peppers and purple tomatillos, and the last of this year’s pomegranates.  Biggest pomegranate harvest so far, with perhaps seven full-sized fruits and three or four smaller ones. This particular pomegranate tree has been on a predictable fruiting trajectory, each year producing more flowers and more fruit.  If it maintains its pace, there should be a dozen or more pomegranates next year.

I also transplanted four blueberries from the nursery to the fourth of the food forest plots. In this fourth plot, I’ve planted hackberry for the canopy layer, figs as understory trees, and now blueberries in the shrub layer, plus some assorted herbs (sorrel, yarrow, cress, and others I can’t quite remember) and also garlic, shallots, elephant garlic and horseradish.  The hackberry and figs have their own individual protective cages.  To protect the blueberries from hungry deer, at least until the plants are established, I constructed this pen from t-posts, scraps of wire fencing and an old garden gate.

UntitledUnsightly, but functional!

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5 Responses to Pomegranate Harvest, Blueberry Defenses

  1. katie says:

    Eleven pomegranates! Not quite enough for a bath, but still enough for a few spritzers. Your deer fence is almost pretty the way the light falls. I see you list yarrow. That’s a really good one here for insect activity and weed suppression! Does the mint family have a place in your garden?

    • zack says:

      Yarrow is a champion, and seems to slowly but surely claim more ground – I’m hoping it really takes off in the new plot. I love the mint family! I’ve got catnip, bee balm, lemon balm, a few different more minty mints, including peppermint, and whatever the standard normal mint is – spearmint? Oh, and a really amazingly fragrant one that I grew from seeds labeled “mountain mint.” First real rain here over the weekend – hoping you got some too after a smoky summer.

      • Katie says:

        Everything in the mint family brings in the most amazing variety of insects here, and over a very long season too because of the rosemary. Some of the bees are specific too. Anise hyssop brings the solid yellow bumble bee ‘Bombus vandykei’. The trio of mints, carrot family, and yarrow provides endless entertainment to people who are easily entertained (like me – and you, I suspect!). Good nerdy fun. We got almost half an inch!

  2. Andi Houston says:

    Congratulations on the new guild and the pomegranate harvest. I’m at least a year behind you… my six pomegranate trees are only waist- to knee-high.

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