3 Steps on Planning Your Mini Backyard Orchard

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3 Steps on Planning Your Mini Backyard Orchard will put you on the path to being able to grow your own fruit.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

The inspiration for this blog post is the abundance of fruit I’ve been harvesting lately in my own backyard.

I have three apple trees right now, giving me so many apples I don’t know what to do with them all.  I’ve been experimenting with any recipe that has apples as an ingredient for future blog posts.

The trees are not only beautiful, they put food on my table and are easy to care for at the same time.  Why wouldn’t everyone want a few fruit trees sprinkled in their landscape?

Orchards should be one of the first things you plant when buying a house because it can take a couple of years for the trees to mature enough to give you the bounty you want.

Here’s the reasons why you should consider starting your own mini backyard orchard: 

1) Instead of just looking at beautiful trees in your yard, why not grow your own food at the same time?

2) You leave a legacy when you plant a fruit tree.  Your home might not be the only home you own, but the next people who own your home will also be able to enjoy fruits of your effort too.

Planting a fruit tree in celebration of  births, birthdays, anniversaries and milestone achievements will leave you with a permanent reminder of happy days.

3) There’s nothing healthier than feeding your family freshly picked produce.


Here are the 3 Steps on Planning Your Mini Backyard Orchard:  

1) Research. 

Here’s the fun part…deciding what types of trees to plant.  You are going to want to pick the varieties of fruit that do well in your area.

There are cold hardy varieties and low-chill varieties.  You also want to consider the best trees that are disease and pest resistance.

You can contact your local garden center and ask for recommendations on fruit trees or you can simply ask your neighbors what type of fruit trees they grow.

Heritage trees are becoming quite popular.  They may not look the prettiest, but the fruit tastes amazing.  It will also be nice to have fruit that’s not readily available in grocery stores.

If you have the space, add a few dwarf fruit trees along with your big trees.  The reason for this is because harvesting fruit from your plantings might take longer than you think, so the dwarf trees will enable you start enjoying the “fruits of your labor” (pun intended) while waiting for the other trees to produce.

You also have evaluate how much room you will need for each fruit trees.  Some trees take up more space than others because of their size or root system.

Also keep in mind the times of the year you would like the fruit to ripen.  Will all the trees you plant ripen at the same time or would you rather have successive ripening?

2) Pick a location. 

You’re going to want to pick the best places on your property to plant your trees.  Deciding this depends how much sun the tree needs and the area in which you live.

Knowing how wet your soil is throughout your property, will also make a difference where you plant your trees.  There are some trees that are tolerant of wet soil and others that are not.

3) Amend the soil.  

When you make a decision of where your fruit trees will be planted, you can test your soil with a simple soil testing kit in fall or early spring.  You can find a soil testing kit here on Amazon.  

Here’s a great video on how to take a soil test in your yard.  

Depending where you live, your soil will probably need amending and that can take some time providing how much change is needed.  (Sometimes years…depending how acidic it is.)

Soil that is too acid, will need limestone mixed in with it to create a proper PH level.

If your soil too alkaline, you will need compost materials or soil conditioners to decrease alkalinity.

We’ve reached the end of 3 Steps on Planning Your Mini Backyard Orchard.  Pretty soon you will be on your way to canning and preserving your harvest.

Let me know in the comments below what type of fruit trees you’re looking to grow or if you have favorite trees you would like other readers to know about.

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2 Comments

Nicole

I planted 2 apples trees in my yard 2 years ago. 1 empire and 1 red delicious (my husband’s choice). Any tips on getting them grow more fruit? How and when to trim? Thanks!

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