We are having a very large and very diseased tree removed from our property at some point this fall, thanks to my mom. Behind that tree is our neighbors fence, but we have about 10 feet between the fence and the driveway. Of course I am thinking about planting some trees there that will benefit us. Mainly fruit trees…ok all fruit trees. Obviously I won’t be planting an orchard on my little quarter of an acre, but if I could plant a few fruit trees, how awesome would that be?
Think of my surprise when I went to the mailbox last week and pulled out the Fedco Trees 2012 catalog! There are so many varieties of fruit trees, bushes, shrubs etc. in this catalog, it would be fun to read through even if I didn’t want to buy one of everything. The Fedco catalogs, while not in color and not extremely flashy like other seed catalogs, provide so much information for someone who is just starting out, or someone who has their stuff together 🙂
I was thinking about possibly doing two dwarf apple trees, and then maybe a cherry tree. I also would love to have fresh peaches, but I think that would be pushing it in my zone – 5a. I know that most fruit trees need cross pollination in order to produce fruit…so whatever I choose will probably double with different varieties.
I have these grandiose dreams of a large fruit producing area, since we are such big fruit eaters. In addition to the fruit trees, blueberry bushes, raspberry bushes, and blackberry bushes would all be welcome additions to my little homestead…but that may be a little out of reach at the moment!
What about you? Do you have fruit trees, or other fruit growing where you live? Have you ever planted apple trees? Am I completely out of my league on a quarter of an acre? And how the heck do you keep the deer away?