We found more alive trees!
14 more, to be exact. All of them varieties of Asian Pear (Ichiban Nashi, Shinsui). We’re now up to 36 alive fruit trees, scattered across three sections at the top (highest elevation) of the farm.
Mulching and watering these trees is our first, Phase ‘0’, priority right now. The watering part isn’t easy, as we don’t have the irrigation system turned on yet. We’ve been carrying plastic jugs of water from our house to each tree. Next immediate priority is to wrap our heads around the irrigation system on the property. More on that in a future post.
We’ve got 12 of these mystery trees, all quite large.
Can anyone ID them?
UPDATE: We’re very excited to learn that these trees are Jujube trees, of the ‘Li’ variety. Here’s a description:
Also known as the Chinese Date. Sweet, crisp flesh can be eaten fresh or dried. Fruit is about 1 1/2 inches long, round and plump with a small pit. It can be picked yellow-green and will finish ripening off the tree to wrinkled, mahogany color. Jujubes do well in hot interior regions and are very drought tolerant.
Our Persimmons are ripening on schedule, although they look a bit raggedly.
Water, water, water…
This is a tortoise burrow. We’ve found a handful of them on the farm, which is a sign that the surrounding desert ecosystem is healthy enough to nurture these endangered desert creatures.