One of our goals for our little homestead is to have quite a few fruit trees. I really think fruit trees give you the most bang for your buck and for your time.
We had 4 peach trees, 2 plum trees, 2 apple trees, a grapefruit tree and an orange tree that needed to be planted.
Gabriel was nice enough to lightly till up the orchard area so we could sow some wildflower seeds before we planted the trees. The optimal time to sow wildflower seeds in our area is in November so I don’t have high hopes for this year. But in November we’ll sow some more and hopefully next spring we’ll have a nice wildflower field for our bees.
We soaked the trees in a tub of water while we dug the holes.
After planting them we watered them thoroughly. We mixed in a little compost with our native soil to back fill the hole.
I’ve read that I’m supposed to prune back the branches to 6″ from the trunk when I plant fruit trees. I bought the pruners but I can’t seem to bring myself to do it. Especially on the plum tree that has all of these beautiful blooms. Is it really, really necessary?????