The Trees, Bugs and Bees

Here is a list of our actual stock of fruit trees

an apple a day keeps the doctor away

  • Alkmene
  • Belle Fleur Simple
  • Belle Fleur de Flandre
  • Belle Fleur de Brabant
  • Belle Fleur Double
  • Belle Fleur Large Mouche
  • Colore de Juillet
  • Court Pendu Rosat
  • Cwastresse Double / Triomphe du Luxembourg
  • Danziger Kantapfel
  • Eifler Rambur
  • Gris Braibant 
  • Goldparmäne / Reine de Reinette
  • Geheimrat Oldenburg
  • Gelbe Schafsnase
  • Gloster
  • Gravenstein
  • Henri Calle’s Favorit
  • Ida Red
  • Jacques Lebel
  • James Grieve
  • Jonathan
  • Joseph Musch
  • Kaiser Wilhelm
  • Keuleman
  • Marie-Joseph d’Othee
  • Ontario
  • Reinnette Clochard
  • Président Henry Van Dievoet
  • Président Roullin
  • Radoux
  • Red Boskkop / Boskoop Rouge Bakker x 2
  • Reinette Hernaut
  • Reinette de Chenee
  • Reinette Blanche du Canada
  • Reinette de Waleffe
  • Reinette du Canada
  • Reinette de France
  • Reinette de Blenheim
  • Reinette Etoilee
  • Rheinischer Winterrambur / Rambour d’Hiver x 2
  • Sabot d’Eysden
  • St Remy
  • Stark Earliest
  • Transparent blanche
  • Trezeke Meyers

and so does a pear

  • Beurre Chaboceau x 2
  • Beurre Hardy x 2
  • Beurre Merode
  • Blumenbachs Butterbirne / Soldat Laboureur
  • Bonne Louise d’Averanche
  • Boscs Flaschenbirne / Calebasse Bosc Pear
  • Catillac x 2
  • Clapp’s Liebling / Clapp’s Favorit x 2
  • Comtesse de Paris x 2
  • Conference x 3
  • Diels Butterbirne / Beurré Diel
  • Doyenne du Comice
  • Durondeau
  • Gieser Wildeman – The Best Cooking Pear Ever 
  • Große Rommelter
  • Juffenbirne
  • Jules d’Airolles 
  • Katzenkopf
  • Legipont / Köstliche von Charneu x 2
  • Pastorenbirne
  • Precoce Henin
  • Speckbirne Witscheiderhof
  • Triomphe de Vienne
  • Williams Christ / Bon Chretien William x 3
  • Winter Keizerin

Plum, Damson, Greengage and Mirabelle

  • Anna Späth
  • Avalon
  • Belle de Louvain
  • Saint Catharine
  • Felsina
  • President
  • Hauszwetsche
  • Czar
  • Victoria
  • Wangenheims Altesse
  • Altesse Double de Liège
  • Altesse Simple
  • Reine Claude Doree Crottée
  • Reine Claude de Sixdorf
  • Ruth Gerstetter
  • Opal
  • Sanktus Hubertus
  • Magna Glauca
  • Monsieur Hatif
  • Monarch
  • Sultan
  • Stanley
  • Saint Mathieu
  • Valor
  • Wignon
  • Reine Claude de Althane
  • Double Priesse
  • Mirabelle du Nancy x 8

Cherries, Nashis, Quince, Walnut,

  • Nashi Tsu Li
  • Nashi Hosui
  • Nashi Kosui
  • Nashi Nieisiki
  • Quince Cognassier Champion x 2
  • Biggi Reverchon
  • Biggi Noir
  • Hedelfinger
  • Biggi Moreau
  • Biggi Napoleon
  • Burlat
  • Schneider’s Spät-Knörpelkirsche
  • Chinese Dogwood / Cornus Kousa
  • Goji
  • Walnut x 8
  • Hazel
  • Pimpernüsse x 3 (Staphylea pinnata)
  • Mulberry x 2
  • Gooseberries, currants (white black & red), grapes and raspberries

As a household we juice our fruit & veg every day, and store as long as we can in a cool-room run from our solar panel grid input. This makes the produce very valuable for us, and we need a surprising amount of it. Just as an example, just for our private household we need some 700 beetroots in a year, probably 400 kg of apples, not to mention carrots, celery and all the other bits and bobs we throw in…

… and we love the diversity that we are slowly seeing as the trees start to mature.

the fantastic “Juice for Long-Life”

We have had many agricultural adventures here, looking after the health of our soil and plants, developing our compost system, storing our water, keeping our one, small, but unbelievably productive Polytunnel every year in action, hay cutting, sheep husbandry, tractor mechanics, tree cutting, firewood management and the rest, it never stops. You have to manage the land with well thought-out systems, otherwise in no time you will drown in ragwort, thistle and hogweed, and then good luck to you.

Menaka makes small work of a huge thistle

In the past we have grown a truly impressive amount of produce, but as we also mature here, we have reduced our vegetable output to just enough for our family and friends, for more than that is these days “economically” not possible. Economical = time. I can go to my local supermarket here and buy 0,5 kg deep frozen, ORGANIC, peas for €1,10. Need I indicate how much time I need to grow 0,5 kg peas including buying the seed, preparing the soil, sowing, weeding 8 times, harvesting and processing?

vegan compost system

Small-holders are simply not economically viable any more in Europe. A sad fact. So much incredible knowledge from small farmers, being lost forever.

So we concentrate on the apples, pears and plums, nashis and walnuts and many other things that the land blesses us with, harvest time here is always fruitful…

When we have enough extra, you will find truly top-quality yummies at the stall at the end of our drive. Some of Belgium’s finest delights, I dare to say.

We have decided to list the fruit tree varieties as a resource for the community. They include some rare kinds that only grow in this region, and some of the (still) commoner ones also from this area.

Mirabelle

Just some of Momo and Mani’s stunning bouquets of our own flowers