We recently planted our saskatoon berry trees. I am sure those of you who live in Saskatchewan know exactly what I am talking about. For 99.99999% of Internet readers who have never even heard of Saskatchewan, let alone of saskatoon berries, allow me to explain.
Saskatoon is name of one of two big cities in Saskatchewan. In this case, "big" is a relative word. But Saskatoon is big enough to have a food named after it, which puts it in same league as Hamburg (hamburgers), France (French fries) and Iceland (ice).
Saskatchewan is a small Canadian province. Small in that its population can comfortably fit onto deck of a luxury cruise liner ... except who would want to do that in middle of bone-dry Canadian prairies? In land area, Saskatchewan is actually almost as big as Texas, although most of their hats are well short of ten-gallons.
That leaves plenty of room for trees to grow. But Saskatchewan is not known for trees. It is known for its prairies. In fact, there are jokes about Saskatchewan and trees.
"How many people does it take to plant a tree in Saskatchewan?" "Are you kidding? Even God couldn't do that?"
"What do you call a tree in Saskatchewan?" "Wishful thinking."
"If you run off road in northern Saskatchewan, would you hit a tree?" "No, tree is in south."
Which brings us to saskatoon berry trees we just planted. Apparently, trees DO grow in Saskatchewan. Well, almost. I read seed package. "Grows three to 12 feet high." A three-foot tall tree? Can you really call that a tree? What if I mow right over it?
So before even planting them, saskatoon berry trees were proving to be an adventure. We were planting seeds for a tree too small to be a tree from a place that supposedly does not grow trees. But adventure is fun.