|Mara making yummy cooked apples from some of my parents apples.|
Just cut up apples, add a bit of water, honey and cinnamon and cook until soft.
I have had a few things this year that caused me to be a little discouraged and sometimes I am tempted to compare my results with somebody like my parents and wonder why my stuff doesn't seem to grow as well. When thinking about that I did have a little reality check which encouraged me to be patient and work hard to prepare for better success in the future.
In comparing with my parents....
~They have lots of apples and other fruit like plums that they have been able to enjoy off their land.
This year we had a few raspberries, a few grapes and 2 apples (though one got 1/2 eaten by some animal).
The difference? My parents have been faithfully planting fruit trees since I was a child. They haven't had success with every single tree - I remember some getting eaten down by goats that got our of their pen when I was little- but they now have a large orchard (even here in our zone 3 area) and they get a nice amount of fruit every year. I do have some fruit trees planted and yes I did get a tiny sampling this year but we have only lived here 7 years. We have had set backs too but gradually if we keep working at it we will eventually be able to pick a bunch of fruit as well. When planting fruit trees we have to have a long term vision!
~My parents plants grow huge and don't seem all that affected by a dry summer (even though my dad rarely waters). My plants a very affected (and stunted) when I don't water them often enough and it looks like the corn crop is almost non-existent.
The difference? I do have sandy soil to start with where theirs is more of a sandy loam but the other thing is that they have been building theirs up with goat manure and such for many years now. I have done a little of that during the few years we have been here but I need to work on it a lot more. Good soil is quite essential for good crops!
What is something that you see as very important to do early on (such as planting fruits trees) in your homesteading so that you can reap the benefit later on?