Our Orchard Our orchard was planted in a small section of our garden area where garden plots were not deemed appropriate because of its location near the Corte Madera Creek marsh lands. We converted this vacant piece of empty ground, formerly used as a temporary clean-fill storage space, into an orchard with 28 fruit trees. It has been mulched with wood chips and watered with drip irrigation. Harvests are available for our gardeners to share. We invite each gardener to enjoy a few pieces of fruit so all may be able to partake.
We encourage all of our gardeners to join us when we gather to help care for our orchard trees to thin fruit, prune trees, and pull weeds, etc... on three orchard work days during the year.
We remind all gardeners that we need their help in the orchard. Any fallen fruit should be picked up and put into cans or into the compost. Mummified fruit on the tree should be removed -- it prevents diseases next year.
Orchard News Announcement-
Orchard Day, May 8, 2016 Many thanks to Joanne Miller and Shelly Tocchini for helping thin the orchard fruit. What remains should be big and delicious!
No weeding was done though and there are weeds in the orchard that should be pulled. Five minutes in the orchard when you visit your own plot would help a lot. If you plan to harvest some fruit, pulling a weed or two seems like a small price to pay.
Katherine Hi gardeners, A thousand thanks to all of you wonderful volunteers who helped prune the orchard trees….Shelly Tocchini, Sharon Cadiou, Bill Randolph, Rosemary DeSanna, Stephanie Prescott, Keven Madvig, Ysabel Eyman, Jill Hutchinson, Stephen Conner, Jay Shirley, Margaret Conner and Laura Lovett. Having lots of helpers made the work so much easier and the orchard looks great! Katherine Jones
Katherine Jones in Orchard
Rosemary De Sanna at Orchard Care day.
Sharon Cadiou gets to pruning.
Katherine Jones waters lime tree.
Margaret Conner shapes peach tree
Stephen Conner trims tree height.
Shelly Tocchini cuts plum tree branch.
Katherine Jones, our orchard coordinator
What we look forward to: summer pears and apples.
The "Fig Tree" garden, is located left of our front gate with Green Fig tree and drought tolerant plants.
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