Here on the homestead, we try, we learn, we fail and we try again!
This year we have decided to take the risk and plant ourselves an orchard in hopes that we will benefit from the fruit and also be able to offer it at roadside within a few years.
So of course I went a little overboard as I normally do and decided to find a wholesaler and purchased a bunch of different fruit trees, berry bushes, blueberries and strawberry plants! If we didn't have enough work prepping the garden and starting seedlings, we do now as I have to prepare holes for our trees which we will receive on April 27th and the other half of our order on the 5th of May. All I can do is hope that Mother Nature works with us and gives us a week of good weather in order to dig holes in the next week or so.
Once the trees are here and planted, we will be waiting impatiently until our fruit trees bare fruit in the next few years. It will be a learning experience for ourselves and our children as we learn all about each type of tree we will be growing and chart its growth per season.
We have ordered a few different varieties of apple, pear, peach, nectarine, pawpaw, cherry and apricot trees, as well as three varieties of grapes, blueberries, haskaps, raspberries and 100 strawberry plants.
Check out our Instagram page for pictures at the beginning of May to see our orchard progress!