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Planting fruit trees..
I've been reading several books on the care & varieties of fruit trees. I have two trees ready to be planted...an apple and pear ( I need to get one more)
Of course there are a variety methods to follow and in this particular case I am trying to decide the best planting method for my area. I do have 2.5 acres to plant these trees but limited to maximizing the sunlight hours. Surrounding our home are tall trees and most of them are tall as ten story buildings. These trees block most of the early morning and late afternoon sun. On top of that we will eventually plant some grapes, blueberries, raspberries too.
Having an orchard suggests to plant fruit trees between 10 to 15 feet apart, depending on the tree size i.e. dwarf, semi-dwarf, and regular.
I want to maximize my options (and I am giddy as a school boy)...one intriguing idea is to cluster three trees on a single mound. The trees are 18 inches from each other, and can be of different types. The pruning required is that it must be a V shaped funnel at the center of the three trees.
I supposed I could graft three trees to a single trunk but I do not have any established trees yet and it seems soo....frankensteinish.... Next will be our attempt to plant Asimina triloba, Paw Paw trees and I understand they taste interesting. A three footer cost around $100.00.
Daniel, your garden/yard always looks so colorful. I'd be embarrassed to show pictures of mine. Bees loved my persimmon blossoms, and now they're enjoying the Linden (basswood) tree. I also have a lot of clover in the yard. I'm not mowing for two reasons: the bees and to preserve ground moisture. We have about a 30% chance of rain the next couple of days.
Spud, the $60 minimum order is the reason I had to buy 13 trees! Luckily, I plan to plant most of them on the farm where my kids live. Sure hope your avocado makes it. I'm going to water all my old new trees today as they look droopy.
AND......I need to replace two more melon plants that rabbits got when I wasn't looking soon after I uncovered them yesterday morning. That's the 4th time!!
Nice blue flowers, and impressive edibles.
During the hot weather last week, many bees were busy at my raspberries. I even saw a few bumblebees in the cool of the mornings.
Sunrise, sunset. It seems only yesterday when those ducks were small.
I went to Ty Ty and tried to order a couple of Pecan trees that were going for $25 after the 75% discount, but they said $60 is the minimum order. I don't have room for anymore trees, or even as many berry bushes that I'd have to buy.
Daniel, thanks for the Blackberry tip tip.
Randy, good deal on those nut trees. Let me know how they do.
My Avocado is looking very sad. Perhaps I was too vigorous in washing the potting soil from the roots. Perhaps it doesn't like the soil I planted it in, that is retaining more water than I thought it would. Perhaps it didn't like the several days of 90°F temperatures. Perhaps a combination.
Starting 2 days ago, the temperatures are in the 40s at night, and 60s in the day. The weather this year is more variable than usual. Early this spring, there was 3 cycles of warm weather, then freezing weather. That killed every Apricot blossom, so no Apricots for me this year. It also killed the leaves of my first Asparagus plants.
However, my 2-year-old blackberry and 2-year old raspberry plants of two kinds are doing great.
Thanks for the "soak trees in a bucket of water before planting" tip. In my haste, I've failed to do that. I'll further describe the trees I ordered once I receive them.
90 degree temps are upon us with gale force winds. It certainly dries out the soil. I have to water flowers and veggies every day. I'm not mowing the yard, shaggy as it looks, to retain soil moisture.
I just received a soil thermometer through Amazon. It seems like a good expense, given the strange weather patterns. Thanks for the information on soil temperatures.
Daniel, did you have a cold spell come through your area? We still have to wear sweaters outside. I wish Cary were here to read the weather maps for me. Guess I will have to learn how.
The forest is as green as the hills of Ireland. It makes the fire district nervous seeing all the growing grasses and wild plant life. More green in spring foretells more fires in autumn.
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