Organic apples in Louisiana?????? Some would say that this is simply NOT possible. Well we are going to give it a whirl here at 47 Daisies. With the recent explosion of interest in organic fruit and veggies across the country there has been a strong push to research ways to produce all manners of produce organically without the use of pesticides, fungicides and other synthetic chemicals. We have planted the first 15 apple trees at 47 Daisies and chosen three varieties (Liberty, Pink Lady, and Braeburn) with a multitude of different traits that will hopefully help us succeed in this endeavor. In addition to the pressure from pests and disease here in the south one has to pay particular attention to the number of chill hours needed for a particular variety. Low chill varieties have been developed for areas with mild winters and we will be planting some of these varieties as well in the years to come.
As you can see from the title of this post we are also experimenting with a little known fruit called a pluot. Pluots are a cross between a plum and an apricot and have the potential to grow and produce very well in our area. These pluots are strictly experimental and we will surely keep you posted as they get growing.
Here is hoping for lots of yummy apples, cider, apple sauce and pie in the coming years!!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )