So we had a guy out to talk about our solar panels. His company was offering something that I don’t think existed when we installed ours: an inverter that separates out each panel, so that if one gets shaded the others still work.
Ours is an all-or-nothing system and there’s a redwood next door, so it was definitely worth getting a quote to replace that part.
When all that was done he was interested in asking about the fruit trees, and it being early evening I walked back out there with him and Richard. He wanted to know what everything was.
“A mango?!” He thought that was so cool.
Cherries, there and there, mandarins, there and there. “Peaches for June July August September,” I said, pointing one two three four, noting that the biggest was only planted in February but it was standard root stock vs the semi-dwarfs and also had better sun.
A few more steps, then, “That lemon tree looks so healthy,” he said, admiring how loaded its branches were with small green fruit. He reached up to touch one. “Meyers are sweeter, right?”
“Yes, they’ve got some tangerine in their parentage.”
“Wow, you guys could open a fruit stand with all that!”
Except… And then he told us about his plum tree, how the squirrels bit into his plums and then threw them down without finishing and made a huge mess he was having to clean up–with the implied thought of, and they don’t even leave me any.
We know how that goes.
It was clear he’d wished for more fruit trees if it weren’t for that. And we knew how that goes, too.
We were standing in front of my plum tree as he mentioned this and I pointed out the clamshells on the apple next to it and why. I told him about the raccoon that ate the plastic (no shards on the ground anywhere), ate the apple, and then never touched another clamshell again, not last year nor this nor any possible descendant of theirs. It had worked.
“Oh so that’s why…” (Yeah, I know they look pretty. Not. But hey it works!)
And over there… “I *love* figs!”
I told him mine was in a pot to keep the shallow roots from causing damage.
He was clearly eager to learn more. It was great fun. I think some nursery is about to make a sale.
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