It had been quite some time since I last visited the familial plot of land in the northern reaches of the state.  It was likely late January or early February, when I snowshoed in and replaced a lock on the travel trailer.  At the time, the snow was dry and crunchy from the extended period of subzero weather.  Later, during that visit to the north, I snowshoed up a trail to a parcel of land, near the Canadian border, that was for sale.  We did not buy that bit of land – it actually sold later the next week.  But we still have the familial plot of land to tinker with, and tinker we do.

Like years past, we bought trees for spring planting.  Some for in St. Paul, and some for points north.  I like fruit frees – there are so many varieties, they usually look amazing, in the spring, when in full flowers, and with the flowers, the bees love them, too.  More than often, we buy our fruit trees from the Fedco Seed Cooperative in Clinton, Maine.  We have been a member of this coop for years.  I like the quality and variety of the trees.  You might find the common nursery varieties – your honeycrisps and golden delicious, but you will also find Ashmead’s Kernel, Early Redbird, and Frostbite, to name a few.

Last year, we planted five Mesabi cherry trees, three apple trees, and two plum trees on the familial land.  This year, we added five more cherry trees of the North Star variety.  The eventual objective is to have maybe a half-acre orchard of fruit trees.  In addition the flowering fruit varieties from Fedco, each spring, we usually get a trees from county tree sales.  Around the perimeter of this orchard area, my mother also added twenty five flowering crab trees.   We also planted twenty white cedar trees in a low region.