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-
July 1, 2017 Hi Gardeners, A very special thanks to Stephen and Margaret Conner who came to the orchard yesterday and pruned more than their fair share of the trees! And many thanks to all of you who came today to finish the pruning and the weeding….Rosemary DeSanna, Ysabel Lyman, Shelly Tocchini, Chantal Saperstein, Laura Lovett and Geno Parfitt. You’re all stars! I said to Laura, “Put the fallen fruit in the compost” and she said ”Why not take them to WildCare? Those animals don’t care if the fruit is ripe or not” And that’s what she did. What a great idea! You’ll notice that there are nectarines…still hard but beautifully colored. Please wait for them to ripen before picking and don’t pick too many. It was hard pulling weeds today because the soil has hardened and some roots of the bindweed are still there and it will be back. If you pick a fruit, pull weed! Many thanks again. Katherine
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.