Hello Little Bend Friends,
As I shared on our Heritage Living Home page we put in an orchard in the Spring of 2012 and for this blog I want to go more in depth on what we planted, why we planted, and how we planted the orchard.
My family had an orchard when we were kids much like a lot of other farmers did and I wanted one for Little Bend as well. So in the spring of 2012 my wife and I armed with our income tax return set out to plant our very own orchard. So we got in touch with a local nursery where we ordered the following fruit trees.
- Apple trees consisting of Mcintosh and Honey Crisp
- Apricot Trees consisting of Moonpark and Sungold
- Pear trees consisting of Summer Crisp and Luscious
- Plum trees consisting of Pipestone, Toka, and Superior
- Cherry Trees consisting of North Star and Meteor
- Grapes consisting of Swenson Red and St. Croix
As you can see it is quite a variety and it was quite an investment. Now sine we had lived at Little Bend for year we had met all kinds of wildlife and they are all beautiful. But beauty takes a back seat when our investment in our orchard has been eaten by the dear and rabbits! So we decided to put up an eight foot tall fence around the perimeter of the whole half acre. Below are some pictures of us in action.
Laying out the orchard for the fencing.
Erecting the fence.
Success with the fence and the end to a long days work!
Drilling the holes for the trees. The post hole digger made it so much easier!
The fun part – Tree shopping! – Finally after 3 years the orchard is established and you can see the fruit of all of our hard labor. Yes fruit is correct! This year we will have plums, apricots, cherries, and grapes! The apples and pears will take a couple of more years to produce fruit. We watered them by hand the for 2 years until they were established. This year we added 100 raspberry plants to the orchard as well.
Well that is the Little Bend Heritage Farm orchard. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as we did planting it and tending it through the years. We will be sure to continue to chronicle the events about it and in a couple of years perhaps you will see us at a local farmers market with the delicious fruit!
Till then God Bless friends and we’ll Gobble at ya later!