I’m learning more about a different form of agriculture – Arboriculture!
We started a small orchard on our property – five apple trees and five pear trees. The apple varieties are Fuji and Gala and the pear varieties are Luscious and Parker.
We had a great spot for them between two rows of pine trees. It’s on the north side of our house, but on a slight hill that gets a lot of sunlight and protection.
Ronny helped me dig holes using the skidsteer with auger (or “ogre” as Chisum calls it) to break up the ground and make a big enough hole. The trees I got were “bare root” trees, so they didn’t need a great big hole, but big enough for the roots to be spread out.
Thanks to help from Mom and Dad, we got all ten planted in a pretty timely fashion – and Chisum was a great water boy (except for when he thought it was funny to spray me with water).
The next day, we put pine needle straw around the trees to help keep weeds back. We’ll have to get the mower out soon to keep the grass down and plan to put an irrigation drip system in.
Good thing for guard dogs, too! I told Hank that he needs to keep bunnies and deer away. We’ll see how long he does his job.