I grew up in the middle of a peach orchard and an apple orchard, so I love to grow fruit trees at our house. My husband, however, hates to plant trees. This year I got around that by strategically planning to have trees ready to go into the ground by Mother’s Day! Since I’m now 14 weeks pregnant, there’s no way he’d let me do the brute work of digging the holes. How convenient!
We already have 6 dwarf apple trees and added three trees to that mini orchard: a Reliance peach, a Stella cherry and a D’Anjou pear. Since they’re dwarf, we only had to plant them 15 feet apart, and now we have a sweet little 3 by 3 backyard orchard.
The only problem arose when I realized the Whitney crabapple was a full-sized tree, not a dwarf. Instead of adding it to the orchard, we planted it near the woods in the backyard. I got the crabapple to aid in pollination, and it’s definitely close enough for the bees to still cross-pollinate.
Joshua loved helping to dig and playing with the steaks, trees and water. Ed thinks I’m nuts and says I’ll be 40 before we get any fruit. He may just be right…
Linked up with the Seasonal Celebration at Natural Mothers Network.