|Five Trees planted|
Ten years ago!
Well, it would be nice to have mature, producing apple orchard, but we begin where we can. We have three OLD trees. I don't know how they will produce, but they needed trimming in the worst way. These new plantings won't give us apples for another few years. I think I will be impatient.
My new apple trees arrived by UPS yesterday. These are bare root trees, so needed to go in the ground as soon as possible. Thankfully, today was actually a pretty nice day. I did lots of hemming and hawing about exactly where to plant these trees, and finally decided to put them along with the already existing pear and old apple trees at the bottom of the hill. Though access is a little inconvenient, the trees would not only receive full sun, with maybe a bit of afternoon dappled light, but also, because they are located about midway on a slight slope, water will drain through the soil and should give them an advantage. I had five trees to plant. Three small ones, and two slightly larger. These are all heritage apple varieties. You probably wouldn't even recognize the names, but there are mid and late season apples, some specifically useful for cider, and some for canning, and some that store very well.
|sorry about the washed out photo, but look at the depth of the topsoil|
This particular hole was about 6 or 7 inches of loam. One other tree hole I dug, the top soil was close to 12 inches! This confirms that this is a good planting location.