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Question Small Mixed Fruit Orchard Planning

Discussion in 'Temperate Climate Only' started by Tamitha Ratliff, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. Tamitha Ratliff

    Tamitha Ratliff Member Premium Member

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    Ok. We found our perfect piece of rolling land and now the planning begins! :yahoo: Our new land as you see in the pictures below, has varying degrees of slope on it... DnE being the largest at 20% - 35% slope. I was planning on planting different fruits and nut trees, orchard style in the DnE area.

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    So, what would be the best method to do that? Something like terraced?... with grass pathways or mulched walkways?... Or abandon the row style orchard all together and plant random? :think:

    I am aiming for the best use of this area since it will be difficult to mow as a yard.

    Thanks for all help! BearHollow2.JPG BearHollow.JPG
     
  2. Bronnie Price

    Bronnie Price Member Premium Member

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    Hi Tamitha, firstly look at putting swales in on contour. Have a look at Geoff Lawton on Google/ YouTube. Then look at doing trio planting. Here is a link to Stefan Sobkowiak from Miracle Farms. Hope this is helpful. There is lots to think about.
     
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  3. DTK

    DTK Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hi Tamitha, I am green with envy. Seems to me that you have lots of fun and success ahead. I agree with comment above regarding swales. Good luck...
     
  4. Joshua

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    Gday Tamitha, what is your ph? Personally i like to use dwarfing root stocks trained along wires running north south to allow for the most sun down the row. This has the benefit of keeping everything within a manageable height for pruning and netting. If you are on wet soils drainage may increase yield or denying water using weed mat.

    Happy Farming
     
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  5. Tamitha Ratliff

    Tamitha Ratliff Member Premium Member

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    Thanks all! I'm looking into your suggestions. :readit:
     
  6. vivian Furlow

    vivian Furlow Member Premium Member

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    Hi Timitha, Planting "random" sounds lovely but I suggest you think of watering. Plan according to watering works for me after a few "randoms."
     
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