Apricot bloom

Budding apricot tree

I have 3 apricot trees. There actually were 5 apricots in my little garden on the outskirts of Yerevan, but 2 of them died on me last year – they couldn’t stand my total lack of gardening skills and dried down.

It takes enormous effort and a lot of money to take care of the 600 sq/m garden I have. But worst of all (or maybe best of all), it takes a whole lot of time.

Planting 10 trees this week, spraying the garden with pesticides, painting the tree-trunks with a mix of lime and some strange chemicals cost me about 25,000 AMD. With rising costs for irrigation water and fertilizers, my little garden will cost $ 300 by the end of the year, which is fine, except that I only harvest a handful of apricots, some rotten apples and 3-4 kilograms of plums and cherries in the end (I got about 30 trees).

Still, I love my little garden. It’s the only thing that tears me away from the computer. And when I look at my budding apricot trees, I feel that my life is not wasted.

Gardening has also taught me to appreciate the fruits and agricultural products we get in Yerevan’s food markets, and never complain about the price.

PS: But gardening hasn’t been able to separate me from my mobile phone. Here’s a twit I sent out this morning from my garden :)

http://twitter.com/#!/ditord/status/52973541078999040

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10 thoughts on “Apricot bloom

  1. Wonderful post – indeed it’s hard work but it’s also the best place to enjoy with the family – in your own garden, under your own tree, with your family…

  2. “Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one’s garden. ” ~ Voltaire :))

  3. please do not spray chemicals on your garden or fruits. I dont want you and your family to get cancer. everything in Hayastan should be organic, as that’s how I remember it when I was there last. my Hayastan is mostly organic country and I prefer it that way.
    in america it would cost you $3,000. so 300 is not bad at all, but I understand that $300 is some what much over there. I dont know how much you making every month, but if you making the average $300-500/mo., then 1 months salary on tending to your garden is not bad.
    also, I dont understand why do my ppl paint all the bottom half of trees in Yerevan? all the bottom half of the trees are painted white. what is the meaning of that?

    I dedicate this song to our Armenian apricot (Haykakan ciran)
    is it me? or is Hamo looking lil pudgy in the abdomen area

    1. The white stuff is lime. It helps protect the trunks of the trees from worms and other climbing insects. In the U.S. they use latex paint, which is more expensive.

      Pesticides are ok, as long as you don’t overdose. The type I’m using will be completely vanished in a matter of two weeks. And if it rains, they’ll be gone even faster. It’s just good to apply them now, to make sure that insects don’t damage the young budding leaves.

      Most ‘organic’ food you’re referring to are grown using pesticides, they’re just not genetically modified.

      1. @Observer
        ok, I dont know I thought its for decorative purposes.
        Lime? as in the lime we pick off the tree and eat?
        ara pesticides mesticides are NOT ok…ok !
        de ch’anes aydpes, chem uzum vor duq hivandceq

        the meaning of organic is NO pesticides. everyone believes organic tastes better, but to me all foods taste the same, there is no taste difference between organic and non-org. however, I prefer organic because there is NO chemicals used to grow-make-process it and it sits much better in my system during its breakdown. of course, its expensive to eat organic here. so I dont get to eat it as often as I’d like. 25-30% of my in-take is organic as thats all I can afford now

  4. hello! can anybody suggest me where to buy a small tree of apricot in yerevan? thanks!

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