The “meanest” planter… and my first harvest of the year

Posted on June 12, 2011 by


The meanest Planter hath stores of Cherries, and they are all over Virginia as plentiful as they are in Kent. The Cherry-Trees grow more large generally than they do in England, and bear more plen[ti]fully without any painstaking of digging about them, or pruning them. – Thomas Glover, 1676.

My first harvest of the season... with more remaining, and ready for the pickin'

While I don’t have the old world English varieties common to Virginia in the 17th, 18th, or even 19th century, I do thoroughly enjoy my single Montmorency tree… no pruning, no spraying, no need to cross pollinate… just harvesting… and, after freezer canning, enough for at least eight pies a year.

"De Montmorency", from Le Verger (The Orchard), Paris (ca. 1865-1874)

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