Backyard fruit tree orchard

Select varieties of fruit trees that you like to eat, and that are suited to where you live — check your local garden centre for top recommendations in your region. Feed your fruit and they will reward you with a bumper crop. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your fruit plants will grow to their full potential. Water deeply and regularly.

  • Backyard Fruit Trees
  • Grow Fruit Trees with ease
  • Specializing in Backyard edible landscapes
  • Our Backyard Orchard
  • Backyard Orchard Culture: Designing Fruit Tree Quartets
  • Planning a Mini Orchard
  • Cooperative Extension: Tree Fruits
  • How Far Apart Should I Space Fruit Trees?
  • Why Have a Backyard Orchard?
  • Plant a Mini Orchard
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Backyard Fruit Trees

Our fenced-in backyard orchard includes apples, peaches and pears. Outside the wire mesh fence corralling the semi-dwarf fruit trees are a few ancient, standard apple trees. Translation: much taller trees. I try to prune every random apple tree I find on our property to stimulate spring flowering and late summer fruiting.

Heavy fruit years tend to alternate. Last year was a bust — no fruit at all. At the same time last September , no acorns or beechnuts were available in the forest. This year, we have a bumper crop of apples, pears and particularly peaches that ripened at the end of August. Heavy peach crops are even more rare: perhaps 1 in 6 years. We saw heavy apple crops in , but not peaches. This was likely due to bitter winter temperatures killing flower buds or wild fluctuations in late spring that stimulate premature peach flowers followed by a frost or lack of early insect pollinators.

Like our veggie garden, the backyard orchard produces more than we can reasonably consume and it arrives all at once - but generally in alternate years. This year our project is peach wine that might be ready and possibly even drinkable by November. The rest of the fallen fruit feeds local wildlife.

Black bears in orchard. Photo DA. A dense forest surrounds our farm located along a back dirt road outside a rural NH village. Wildlife abounds in the mix of deep woods, swamps, meadows, farms and scattered backyards. All wildlife require the basics: food, water, cover and space. Its rare to see wild animals, particularly if they see or hear or smell you first. The most reliable annual backyard wildlife census comes with snowfall and winter tracking opportunities.

Another chance to see wildlife is during an apple year when the fallen fruits lie in the grass of the orchard floor. While fruit remains plentiful, so are the critters. I keep a remote camera in the orchard and others along trails in the woodlot to harvest fresh photos of the local deer, bears, porcupines, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, turkeys, crows, ravens and a first for me this year: a fisher.

Year to year comparisons pose the challenge to discern cause and effect. Variations are not necessarily linked to wider statewide population trends. Often the rarity or abundance of a given species reflects some localized condition. Deer visit fallen apples.

I saw my first chipmunk in months just last week. One interesting rebound this year includes an abundance of rabbits… and we hear about more fishers possibly as a result? Bears are well represented, appearing on cameras even in daylight. Bears are always the stars of excited anecdotes from neighbors posting bruin photos on social media. Our local coyote population is constantly changing. Rarely did we see interloping coyotes on camera. This year, a single, thin and skittish young coyote shares the orchard with a red fox.

Last fall we saw more gray foxes on camera. We have not seen bobcats but would not expect to see strict carnivores in fallen fruit — unless possibly to prey on other diners? Porcupine in orchard. When fruit is plentiful, conflict is rare. A kind of peaceable kingdom where mutualistic sharing takes place with various species moving in and out of camera range from dusk to dawn. The day shift generally consists of turkeys, ravens, crows and porcupines.

Crows, ravens, canids, raccoons, skunks, bears and fishers are omnivores; apples are on the menu. The only strict vegetarians are porcupines and deer. Porcupines fear none and enjoy diplomatic immunity. I image the same is true for skunks. Deer are more wary. I have yet to get a single image of a buck on camera. They appear on camera during the November rut but always in the middle of the night during hunting seasons.

We see multiple now familiar does accompanied by sisters, yearlings and fawns. All look sleek in reddish summer coats compared to their shaggier gray winter coats. People ask me for recommendations for planting trees. Most cite beauty, shade and increased property values. Homeowners with neatly landscaped properties find fallen fruit unsightly — a chore to rake and dispose of them. Yet I personally recommend planting long-lived, hardy apple trees to reap a semi-annual harvest of amazing wildlife watching opportunities.

Your wild neighbors will thank you for decades to come! Skip to main content. Orchard Oasis. Interested in watching wildlife? Grow apple trees. Dave Anderson. When fallen apples remain available, the backyard apple orchard is a wildlife mecca. Photo Dave Anderson. What a difference a year makes This year, we have a bumper crop of apples, pears and particularly peaches that ripened at the end of August.

Originally published in the New Hampshire Sunday News.

Grow Fruit Trees with ease

Fruit trees are grown for their attractive blossoms in spring, for their healthful fruit in the fall, or to have fruit bearing trees as part of a garden landscape. Another reason for maintaining a home orchard is to continue the cultivation of hard-to-find varieties that are no longer commercially available, such as Belle de Boskoop apples or Green Gage plums. Whatever the reason, a knowledge of the cultural requirements can prevent problems from occurring and add a new dimension to home gardening. The purpose of this website is to provide the home orchardist with the knowledge to successfully grow fruit trees under the conditions that exist in Maine.

Fruit trees should not be an "impulse purchase" even though trees can look tempting at the nursery or big box stores. Most tree fruits are.

Specializing in Backyard edible landscapes

Tired of buying wax-coated, dented, flavorless and mealy apples from the store? Did you know that most store-bought apples have lost many nutrients and contain forty percent fewer minerals than fruit grown and eaten fresh from a local orchard or your own backyard? The typical apple from a store has been in storage for a year. You can tell that by the taste. Tischler manages two orchards in Asbury: a certified organic ten acre mixed tree fruit and berry orchard on forty acre ComeBack Farm, and the organically grown, though not certified, NewArk Farm, a forty acre hard cider orchard with seven thousand apple trees. She planted the trees herself, starting six years ago and adding more every year since. Though she has over one hundred fruit trees, she is not looking for commercial production; she is looking for diversity. Some are for canning, some to eat fresh or for cider, some are for history, and others are special aromatic apples such as Caville Blanc, a French variety from the s, nutty and fruity with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Do you think you can get that from a store?

Our Backyard Orchard

Thinking of planting a fruit tree? Be sure to order your tree from a specialist fruit tree nursery. Download our free fruit tree nursery resource list in this article. If you want a fruit tree that produces fruit you'll love, you'll probably buy a grafted fruit tree or you will graft a tree yourself. Learn the science behind grafting in this article.

The best time to start a backyard orchard is a couple years ago. Most fruit trees will take a couple years to get established and start producing fruit.

Backyard Orchard Culture: Designing Fruit Tree Quartets

More and more gardeners are looking for ways to reduce household costs and grow more of their own food. Fruit trees are prolific, bearing for years. With dwarf varieties, you don't have to own acres of land to grow them. Also, with new disease-resistant varieties, controlling pests is a little easier. However, with a little attention, they can grow and fruit for years, providing food for you, your neighbors, and wildlife.

Planning a Mini Orchard

Backyard Fruit Growers. The informal association of Backyard Fruit Growers began in as an exchange of information for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who wish to produce excellent fruit for the family, and to respect the backyard environment. Members also receive a newsletter, Backyard Fruit Grower , which has a circulation of aboutIf you live within driving distance of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and if you would like to participate in our seasonal events, subscribe to the seasonal newsletter to receive schedules and directions. Please direct all comments and suggestions about this webpage to Bill Dailey dailey sas. Members can download a copy of Woodbank in pdf format by clicking here. You can get the depositor list here. Please check the website for schedule changes and corrections.

Fruit Trees, Scions, and Rootstocks for Apples, Pears, Cherries, Plums, Peaches, and Nectarines.

Cooperative Extension: Tree Fruits

It was summer when my wife Beth and I, with our two babies, moved into the home built by my grandparents where we now live. I recall being so pleased to now have a home of our own, and in such a magnificent setting. One of my clearest memories is our experience that fall: harvesting fresh fruit from our own backyard orchard—what a pleasure! Purple and yellow plums, nectarines, several kinds of peaches, pears and apples, all in such abundance, and so much more than our young family could consume.

How Far Apart Should I Space Fruit Trees?

In years past, most every home had fruit trees growing in the yard or a small orchard. Over time, these fruit trees were replaced with oaks, maples, crape myrtles, and other ornamental shade trees. Now, many homeowners are looking to grow their own fruits again. There are many things to consider about establishing a home fruit orchard before getting started. The information provided here will help to guide you in the process. Fruit plants do best in full sun, and they need adequately drained soil and a nearby water source.

Few things are more thrilling than bringing home the beginnings of your own little informal orchard. But you might be wondering where exactly in your yard to put your fruit trees for optimal growth.

Why Have a Backyard Orchard?

I garden, keep chickens and ducks, homeschool my two kids and generally run around making messes on my one-third of an acre in suburban Seattle. Thanks for reading! I really wish I had known about this 2 years ago before we planted our orchard. Unfortunately we don't have any more room to try it out. Instead I am putting new trees in the same holes as existing similar trees.

Plant a Mini Orchard

The Endless Orchard is a real living fruit orchard planted by the public, for the public — a movement of citizens transforming their own neighborhoods. Fruit is a transcultural symbol of sharing and The Endless Orchard is a living public artwork that anyone can eat from! Citizens plant fruit trees in front of their homes and businesses, on the margins of public and private space and interstitial municipal spaces like parkways , bike paths and alleys. Signs placed at each tree identify it as part of a network of sharing.

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