Monday, May 3, 2010

Of apples and bats

The three trees we planted for Earth Day (and to replace the downed Bradford Pear) are all surviving nicely. We planted an Autumn Blaze Maple, and two apple trees - Anna and Golden Dorsett. Until very recently, I thought you could only grow "cooking apples" in the deep south. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are actually many varieties of "eating apples" that will grow here.

The Golden Dorsett came with a ton of baby apples. Some have self-thinned, and I will be thinning a few more out to help the tree get established. This month's Organic Gardening magazine recommends thinning out all but the largest and shapeliest of each cluster. Here's the best-looking apple we have so far:

On a totally unrelated note, my friend is serving in the US military in Iraq and sent me this picture. This is supposedly a BAT HOUSE that Saddam Hussein had built. The rumor is that there was a terrible bug problem, so Saddam had a bunch of bats flown in and had this house made for them. Isn't it the craziest thing you've ever seen?!

10 comments:

Susie said...

That is the craziest thing I have ever seen. I thought it would be some small something. My goodness!

Janet said...

It is very interesting.

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I think I need that bat house a little bit.

Randy Emmitt said...

Ginger,

Looking forward to apple pie:-) That bat house is totally crazy, thanks for sharing it.

Becca's Dirt said...

That is crazy. Wonder why he did this. Maybe he was bored on this day. Wierd.

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. Ya know the birds have not bothered my blueberries at all. Don't know why unless the branches won't hold them good. They do mess with the pears and peaches but the peaches this year aren't doing enough for the birds before they fall to the ground.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I hope you get some apples, that one is looking good so far.

That bat house is pretty strange.

tina said...

That is so cool! I wonder if the bats use it? Good luck with your eating apples. I think it would be great to have some in your yard to eat at will.

Jean said...

Well that bat house is certainly interesting looking! And it's also interesting that he had to import bats for it. I wonder if they're still there?

I like your little apple. I hope you get a nice crop this fall.

mlc said...

Your apple is looking good. I love the squirrel..is he/she eating your Kale? That is one giant bat house.

dyanna said...

I like your blog.I'm waiting for your new post.
Have a nice day.