Put together an Urban Orchard

  • October 23, 2011 · 1:30 PM
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I have an apple tree in my back yard (golden delicious). I've always thought it would be nice if there were a group of people in a similar situation (single fruit tree owners) who would like to organize a bit for the purpose of making the most out of their tree. I'd like to hear the group's input about this.

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  • Sarah C.

    Very informative and well organized. The hand-out and book suggestions were also helpful. We just planted some apple trees along our fence and are going to try out Pierre's techniques.

    October 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much Pierre. You have opened up the possibilities for my yard.

    October 25, 2011

  • Diana

    Beautiful place. I'd love to come by when the actual pruning is taking place.

    October 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was really great!! Pierre, you did an outstanding job of making espalier seem so approachable. Your garden was great. Thanks for letting us into your home/yard, I really appreciated it. Bon jardinage!

    October 24, 2011

  • John B.

    This exceeded my expectations. The information shared was thoughtfully put together which made it easy to understand. Terri and Pierre mentioned that they may do this again and my wife wants to attend.

    October 24, 2011

  • Joann

    Great Meet- up - very informative! Thank you Pierre and Terri for hosting and thank you Pierre for sharing your experience with us and taking the time to put together the resource material! It will be a great help!

    October 23, 2011

  • Pierre V.

    I forgot to mention that we will be walking through the (small) orchard which is also the chicken run during fall and winter. We will clean up before the meeting but make sure to bring appropriate shoes. See you all tomorrow.

    October 22, 2011

  • John B.

    We have 2 acres in Wheat Ridge and planted semi-dwarf apple, cherry, peach, plum, pear and apricot trees this year. I hope to plant some nut trees next year. We have a mature crabapple that proiduces well each year. We are also growing a lot of raspberries, blackberries, honeyberries, blueberries and grapes in addition to our arge vegetable garden. I may have you all over sometime for advice.

    October 22, 2011

  • Loretta B.

    Well, it's a good thing they didn't catch me at it, then. I don't suppose he cited a statute?

    October 18, 2011

  • Debbie S.

    Loretta - I talked with someone from Denver Parks this spring as they were planting "fruitless" pear trees at Sloan's Lake Park, mentioning it would be nice to have trees that bear fruit for those who can't afford to always buy. He told me it is against the law in Denver to pick fruit from trees on public lands - most likely liability issues with food poisoning etc. Interesting...

    October 17, 2011

  • Loretta B.

    It's too late for this summer, but at least on the west side of Denver, many of the parks have red plum trees. Most of the fruit rots on the ground or feed the wildlife. I made 3 batches of jelly/jam from one picking off a small tree at the northwest corner of 1st Ave. and Raleigh St., along side the walking trail that follows Weir Gulch to Barnum lake. That was the only tree with much fruit on it this years, but in other years the other 3 trees there have fruit. Not a great eating plum.

    October 9, 2011

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    October 6, 2011

  • Pierre Veragen changed the date and time to Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    October 6, 2011

  • Joann

    Pierre, that would be great! I would be very interested to see and hear about what you are doing. I will be out of town the next two weekends so I (selfishly) am hoping you host the meetup later in the month -

    October 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pierre, that sound wonderful. I would like to check out your yard as well. Perhaps your space can be the meetup location and we can share advice, ideas, ask questions within the entire group.

    October 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pierre, I know I would be interested to see your yard and get any advice you can give on growing fruit trees. Would you be willing to set up a date to do this for the group? I think we are ready to do something!

    October 4, 2011

  • Pierre V.

    I have 13 fruit trees set up in espalier in our backyard. I maintained a small espalier orchard for a few years in France and started one from scratch a few years ago in our backyard in Lakewood. I will be happy to share what I have learned and give tour of the place if anybody is interested.

    October 4, 2011

  • Joann

    I would be interested in meeting with others who are growing fruit trees in Denver - I moved here from Pennsylvania where I had a pear tree, grapes, raspberries, jostaberries, etc - Denver is really a different place to grow things! I am also interested in espalier and have no experience with it but plan to give it a try next spring with at least one apple. Would love to meet with others to compare notes.

    October 1, 2011

  • Melissa

    I would like to know if there are any other home orchardists who would be interested in either going in on a group order for mason bees for next spring or trying to convince a local bee supply store to carry the egg tubes.
    Mason bees are a great addition to the home orchard. They only pollinate fruit trees and berry bushes and are gone after these plants have bloomed.
    I had them for about 15 years but lost them several years ago when we had an usually warm march and Then a freeze in April.MB

    September 5, 2011

  • Jessica

    I have an apple tree, a pear tree, a plum tree and a cherry tree. Also raspberry bushes. And a crabapple. I'd love to learn more about growing nuts.

    August 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a couple of apple trees and looking to add more fruit trees to my small lot. I would like to get input on how to maximize fruit production. I'd also be interested to see if anyone has successfully grown nut trees on a small lot in the Denver area.

    August 23, 2011

  • Joe R.

    I have a 50 year Golden Delicious apple tree and I'd really like to network a bit with other fruit tree owners. Specifically, I'd like to find out how to deal with squirrels and birds in an effective way. I've just about given up on trying to get anything out of the tree for myself. The neighborhood wildlife consider it to be their own food source and rarely do I get very much for myself. It's really too big for one of those nets.

    August 18, 2011

  • Erica G.

    Check out this website. They are doing something similar, and giving surplus produce to organizations that need it:

    http://yardharvest.org/

    August 7, 2011

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