Friday, 10 August 2012

Urban Fruit Trees

Like finding hidden treasure! One of our land donors offered us a share of their Yellow Plum tree and we were more than willing to help off-load the surplus. Plums make pretty good culinary companions, full of b-complex vitamins, Vit K, C & A, beta-carotene, antioxidants, iron, potassium, fiber and on and on...

Urban access for hard to reach fruit
Vancouver has an abundance of fruit trees in residential spaces (and on City property, check out the Foodtree Map) thanks to previous generations' appreciation for growing food close to home. Recently, the trend of tearing down old houses to make way for the new has sadly included clear-cutting all of the trees on a property. I have seen too many 50+ year old fruit trees been replaced with laurels and other more manageable types of trees. It does take a lot of knowledge to maintain a fruit tree properly, another skill being lost in our increasingly urban population, so if you have a neighbour with an old fruit tree, offer to help out with maintenance, learn a thing or two, and hopefully get rewarded with bags of gold.

30 minutes of 'work', not bad
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