While our main focus at Arlington Gardens is organic farming of vegetables for our CSA baskets (or ‘shares’), we would be remiss if we did not draw your attention to our organic fruit plantation plans.
Unlike vegetables, which are, for the most part, sown and harvested yearly, berry crops take a bit more time to grow. This year (2010) is a critical berry year for us, as we will be planting (more) blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants (red and black). Most of these yield fruit in the second year following planting, while blueberries only begin to bear fruit in commercial quantities by year four. So: no berries in 2010, but we hope to have strawberries and raspberries by 2011.
Did we mention our orchard? We will also begin planting apple, pear and plum trees this year, but we’re talking 5 to 7 years… Hey, they say patience is a virtue.