Monday, October 14, 2013

Planting Fruit Trees

Scripture to Live By:
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100


Gardening Post:
In my post Bargain Fruit Trees I told you about my great purchase of fruit trees and how we brought them home.  Today I would like to tell you how to plant them.

Choose a spot where you want to plant the trees.  They need to be planted where they will get lots of sunlight. As well as, well drained, rich soil.  Transport the trees to that spot.



 Dig a hole at least twice as wide as the container it came in. Make it as no deeper than the root ball.

 

Set the plant int the hole and make sure the hole is no deeper than the top of the container.  You can check this by laying a board over the hole and make sure the top of the container is touching the stick and the stick is touching the ground on both sides of the hole.  



 I purchased a bag of garden soil with fertilizer and mixed some top soil with it in a wheel barrel.


 Put some of the soil in the bottom of the hole.  Take the tree out of the container and place in the hole make sure the roots are not bound going around the root ball.





Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly above ground level.   Fill in around the tree on all sides.  Pack down to remove any air pockets.  


Create a water basin around the tree and thoroughly soak the root ball area.  



Add more soil and  press it down. this is to make sure there is no air pockets in the soil.   




 I have various blueberries, grapes, kiwi vines, raspberries and two apple trees that I don't know their specific name.  When I purchased these new trees I decided to make markers with the names of the trees on them, so I would always know what kind they are and so would others.  So here is what we did.  My husband found some lumber and cut it to the size needed for each name of tree.

 I have planted fruit trees in the past, but I didn't label them, so I am not sure the specific name of the trees.  I didn't want to make the same mistake this time when planting fruit trees. I made wooden name plaques to put by the tree so I wouldn't forget what kind of trees they are.
















Then we mulched around all the trees.  We put 3-4 inch deep of mulch around the trees. It is best to put the much at least 3 or 4 feet out from the tree in all directions.  





Do not put the mulch up close on the tree trunk for this can cause root rot or bugs to infest the tree.  Mulching helps to prevent weeds from growing up around the base of the tree and rob the tree of nourishment. 



We are looking forward to the day we can eat fresh fruit from our own fruit trees. 
Hope this post will be of help to you if you decide to plant fruit trees.  

Blessings,


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6 comments:

  1. that is so great! this year we added 1 pear tree and 1 peach...in addtion to about 10 thornless blackberry bushes. I am also excited to see the fruit of labor

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  2. Thanks Daniela for your commernt. I think it is great to hear what you are planting as well. I can hardly wait until we will see some fruit on these trees. It is so exciting to think about what all we will be able to do with the fruit.

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  3. Jo-Ann, Marriage is a hard thing but when you garden together I think that somehow you can get through anything maybe like growing plants your love grows stronger too.. Silly, I know, but 49 years seriously you've done something right! Congratulations you need an award as big as your trees! I was looking for info on how to plant my Apricot tree when I came upon your picture and clicked it, I did pretty much what you said only I'm going after the mulch now. Thank you for posting this. Joyce in Ca.

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  4. Oh my, you're going to have an orchard before long. Great tutorial. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Remove the extra soil from the plant to expose its roots. It is necessary to trim off any leaves that have turned yellow or show any sign of damage or disease. plant terrarium

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