Why does man have the insatiable desire to clear raw land? To free mighty oaks from the thorny vines that strangle their beauty or to annihilate every surviving strand of poison ivy?
Control.
Unfortunately, as soon as the space is open, it seems too bare, naked even. Then we work to fill it back up, in a controlled, orderly fashion. And if you’re a true farmer at heart, the nature better give something back.
We (mostly Hubs, Papa, and a nomadic friend named Jeff) have spent years hacking, splitting, grinding, and burning every wayward tree or vine that got in our way. Now we have breath-taking views and much more room to drive the go-kart roam.
But our land was missing something. Something…tasty. So we filled it up recently with a small orchard. We planted:

  • 2 Gala Apple Trees
  • 1 Elberta Peach
  • 1 Ranger Peach
  • 1 Early Golden Apricot
  • 1 Moorpark Apricot
  • 2 Fuyu Persimmon
  • 1 Wonderful Pomegranate
  • 1 Santa Rosa Plum
  • 1 Methly Plum 

 

Warning: viewer must use imagination.

If you’re wondering what a Persimmon is, think of a yellow tomato-shaped fruit with the texture of an apple and the taste of a mellow mango. 
Like every other endeavor at the Funny Farm, we leapt then looked to the Internet for information. For example, I had no idea how to cut a pomegranate. Did you know that YouTube has no less than seven pages of videos on how to slice the fruit without getting purple liquid all over your new sweater? 
Now the wait begins, in just a few years our many branches will be arching with ripe fruit and we will be racing the wildlife for first dibs. I can almost taste it. Yep, just a few years…

“No sweetie, I don’t think we need the cannin’ jars just yet.”