By Karen Fraizer
The Carriage House Garden was planted a year ago. Part of the theme for this garden was to have an array of edible plants included in the design. We planted cherries, apples, blueberries, raspberries, pears, and hazelnuts. These are all shrubs or trees. We also added edible annuals for seasonal interest that can be changed every year. I am pleasantly surprised that some of the trees and shrubs are producing fruit in their first year.
I picked a few blueberries around the first of July. They were kind of small, but had good flavor. I noticed every time one was about to get fully ripe, it would disappear before I could pick them. I found the culprit to be the sneaky peacocks!
I have been harvesting a handful of red raspberries every couple days for the past week. These are on the Heritage Raspberry bushes. They are very large berries, with a ton of flavor. They don’t seem to be bothered by anything yet. Obviously not a favorite of the peacocks!
The one Seckel Pear tree has a couple of very nice looking pears on it. The fruits are still pretty hard, not quit ripe yet. It will probably be a couple weeks until they are ready to harvest. Seckel pears are the smallest of the pears, but are known as a “sugar pear” because they are super sweet in flavor.
The pots in the Carriage House Garden are also planted with edible annuals. The tall plants in the center of the pots are Strawberry Popcorn. It has done really well in the pots and it makes an interesting focal point. The Strawberry Popcorn gets its name from the very small ears that are red when ripe.