Re: Help with the design of a small orchard
A Portland Native who rarely gets to town anymore, Iâ€™m curious how much space youâ€™ve got? I grew up on a double-lot in SE with 4 full-sized English walnut trees, a massive Royal Ann cherry, a pie cherry and the largest tree on the block - a Black Walnutâ€¦ What type of fruit trees
do you want?
Iâ€™m not looking for the job, but it will be easier for someone to consider if they had a bit more information. Without deer, things could be kept quite compact. By specifying â€˜an orchard,â€™ are you including an arbor of fuzzy or hardy kiwi, or grapes? Would figs count â€¦ and do you know the wonderful attributes of Asian persimmons?
I never considered those last three, and it took decades to incorporate them into my â€˜orchard,â€™ but theyâ€™re now some of my primary producers! If I were starting over with limited space (Iâ€™ve had a couple acres to work with) my apples, for example, would go something like this: slightly more vigorous rootstock (pruning is easy and fun) on a base tree with two other varieties grafted as main scaffold limbs immediately upon planting. You could have pollination and production at the same time. Iâ€™d do the same with pears (though only one pear tree
). Iâ€™d have to have an Italian
(or European) prune, with both a Petite
and maybe a Brooks
grafted on for pollination. An Asian (aka Japanese) plum; again, a base tree with two more pollinator / productive varietiesâ€¦
Length of season would be fun to manipulate, grafting on compatible pollinating varieties whose ripening dates would lengthen the harvest. Cherries are difficult to deal withâ€¦ I wouldnâ€™t bother; Peaches and Apricots the sameâ€¦ Much would depend on your space, but consistent production would rule my requests. An amazing tasting fruit that only sets well every four years is a waste of space, and the best tasting apple that cracks, sunburns or rarely sets a crop on a feeble tree is also a waste. Iâ€™d want production, dependability and variety
, in all fruits.
Just some suggestionsâ€¦ for which weâ€™ll all have vastly different answers! But after replacing mistakes, up to 3 times a hole, I do what I can to help