Here are easy, realistic ideas for a good backyard orchard to establish and preserve. When you learn three key steps for preparing your orchard, what seemed to be a puzzle became obvious?
1. Consider the culture of Fruit
Many mature fruit trees achieve heights with 18′ exposure. How good is an 18′ fruit tree for the gardener in the backyard? Climbing ladders to prune and pick poses a risk and most likely, because of the hassle, reduces the time you spend with your trees. Instead, to keep their heights manageable, prune the trees in the spring. With a small picker, anything more than you can easily reach from the surface. The fruit will be within easy reach, and there is no chance that you will slip off a ladder.
2. Consider the Importance of Successive Ripening
Most commercial grows attempt early or concurrently to ripen their fruit. For the backyard orchard, this can be a tragedy. You can only eat so much fruit and give it away. Consider growing several varieties at different times instead. For starters, you can enjoy plums from early June to mid-October by planting four different varieties of plums. Depending on where you live, the mileage may vary a little, but you get the idea. With time scatter a little less fruit and you’ll end up eating it a bit more. Here you can see the suggestions of Tom for several plantings.
3. Produce What You Like
This sounds like a simple thought, but you’ve seen a lot of people produce what’s on offer in the supermarket instead of what they want to eat and love to look at while in the garden. With time, the flavor can change, and that’s all right, you may make changes. Take some time to think about what you enjoy eating and seeing in your orchard or garden, and then grow a lot.
Taking something complex and breaking it down into simple steps is always inspiring. It makes it easier to perform a daunting task. As you can see if it looks daunting in a backyard orchard and too much effort beginning with these three measures makes it more manageable. Thanks to Dave for these suggestions and please feel free to add them to the comments section below if you have some of your own.
4. Maintenance plan
The first–and most critical–move in fostering a green environment is to develop a maintenance plan that meets all the needs of your property. Your upkeep plan should detect high-risk areas, set external upkeep team expectations, set an agenda for routine tasks, and classify non-routine necessities.
5. Identify places of high risk.
Competence leaders should work with their external conservation staff to identify zones on the property that are at high risk of destruction and therefore necessitate more periodic care. In particular, you should discuss with your lawn company areas that have flooded, downed trees, or need more irrigation. Completing this move will help to reduce your property’s risk of future loss.