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The Orchard Is Here!

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This doesn’t look like much but believe it or not it’s my whole orchard! The fruit trees that I ordered back in December arrived last week when the snow was deep and the temperatures were well below zero. I kept them cold and moist in the basement until today when the snow began to melt and the soil was workable again. We planted all nine fruit trees and the three little white and blackcurrants too.

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Each one has two wooden stakes pushed into the sides of the planting hole. I also put a couple of Mycorrhiza packs in each hole. Read more about Mycorrhiza here. And the last thing to do will be to label them.

It looks a bit odd to be planting trees in the snow but it’s important to get dormant trees in the ground as soon as possible. And the temperatures predicted for the next week are positively mild for this time of year.

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So there you have it. The beginnings of my orchard. I feel like I need to pop the bubbly!

7 Responses to “The Orchard Is Here!”

  1. CJon 12 Feb 2014 at 10:41 am

    Lovely, I do envy you your orchard, I so wish I had space to plant more fruit trees here. I nearly bought a plum yesterday, but where to put it?! I did plant a Morello cherry in my north-facing front garden a couple of weeks ago. Even as I type I’m looking out at the garden wondering where I could squeeze in that plum…

  2. Leanneon 12 Feb 2014 at 11:03 am

    I have alwsy wanted an orchard!! I have a plum tree. It will be interesting to see yours grow over time. Good luck with it.

    Leanne xx

  3. Carrieon 12 Feb 2014 at 11:50 am

    Exciting times…grow well you wee buggers (that’s what we say to our new plants) xxx

  4. Markon 12 Feb 2014 at 1:46 pm

    How exciting! I’ll have to wait until I move to plant an orchard but it will be one of the first things I do. I hope you get tons of great fruit for your efforts.

  5. Sarahon 12 Feb 2014 at 3:27 pm

    So exciting – can’t wait to see what it looks like in a few years time! My fiancĂ© and I have been planning our someday orchard recently – my dream is a blackthorn hedge full of honeysuckle around it!

  6. Lisaon 12 Feb 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hooray! How exciting. Now grow trees, grow! X

  7. Amyon 14 Feb 2014 at 1:09 am

    I love it! I have dreams of an orchard of my own, but for the time being my garden is still too shady. I’ll look forward to watching yours grow.