An apple a day, eh...
U of Sasktoon has been instrumental in recent years with developing some purdy kewl kinda plants for the Prairies.
Shelterbelt program...if you had a large acreage, forget the number but we never qualified with our five, the government would have you pay like under thirty bucks and you could order in oodles of trees like Lilac, Caragana, Spruce, Pine, Willow, Poplar, wild roses, think there was the Siberian Crabapple too (still tiny the ones we have) and there were fruits like chokecherry, sea buckthorn, elder, silver buffaloberry, even a cherry, Cherry Princepia.
Pincherry in full bloom - 2013
We have all of these fruit kinds planted here except the cherry as we have pincherries, sandcherries, and some zone three kinds.
Ripe chjerry - expect the birds to scoop these quick like
Mid shearing the Jacobs 2013 (two done, more to go!)...behind them protected by one of my strands of electra netting are some of the caragana I planted in 1999...
HyBlade, our red ACDog helped me plant, he'd sneak in and pull a stick while I was busy going down the rows, give it a chew...bad boy! Obviously despite the DOGS, we have a respectable SHELTERBELT
I tend to feel OLDer than my years when I start to lookit the trees and shrubs I planted as sticks and plugs and now they tower...it is a good plan to plant ASAP when you get your land but funny how having all that fun and then you blink and the trees are old... I'm not old, not old for a tree...oh yeh, I guess I am!
2013 - new Orchard and Ram Pasture...Only the tall trees were there, otherwise this was bare pasture land...bald arse Prairie
We have Ure pear; it flowers, looks nice, that be that here. Pembina plum too.
June 22, 2014 - New Orchard
We bought alot of our fruit trees when Mrs. Sprout up past Edmonton retired. Now we visited there and oh my, what a place indeed. She had birds which was pretty kewl, wandering about her orchards. Her area is far enough North and away from the Rockies, they don't get Chinooks...so they have good orchards. We on the other hand, even with choosing types for 1A and 1B...few zone 2's, still kinda suck but the shrubs like lilac are a force to recon with.
Front Gate...mix of white and lilac...Lilacs
Outta Montreal. Just a Net search, not a recommendation...there are tons that will happily sell you trees and plants. My poor memory forgets but I bought a whole mess of roses mail order from out East...chose the most smelly ones...all are doing quite fine.
These guys thankfully still are in existence.
June 9, 2015 - Mt Ash flowering
They are the ones that shipped us the two tiny Mountain Ash or Rowan berry that now TOWER over the Waterfall.
Young Robins beefing up for migration -in the Mt. Ash Sep 2012
Got Saskatoons from the Saskatoon Farm (duh!) and all sorts of plants, tress and shrubs. Never gone there ... guess I am a tad SCARED because doing a mail order is much more controlled and strict than being there in the flesh!
Aug 2014 - New Orchard pre-mowing--lookin' JUNGLEish
No going to nursery's, it'd kill...gotta have one of these, two of those, a whole FLOCK of them...yeh...better not go visit Saskatoon Farm...they even have a restaurant where they serve up PIE...and anyone that knows me, knows I work like crazy jest for that excuse of "an extra slice of pie!"
I believe we have filled up our five acres and had one lady give me a nice Elm and I was at a loss of where to put it. Got enough trees, thanks...I do have intentions for some blackberries and a new raspberry bed...but really truly have to consider where I can squeeze them in.
July 10 2014 - I now KNOW I have two different kinds of Honeyberries...
the berries that were produced last year, weren't too sweet...maybe this year?
Haskaps, had those for years and buying some goji seeds this year, see how those do with them supposedly being OK with -20C even though we're more a -40C and 50 place.
Wen it GREENS up here, it really does...and when it WHITES up, it really does. Never moderate, or mild climate wise...extreme but the extremes ensure winter kills any real nasties and when it's summer, you don't laze around whining...you get on it or you'll blink and wonder where it all went. By the time the snows fly, we are so tired of outside summer crap...we are thrilled to welcome the change of seasons.
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada