Mini Orchard At My Farmhouse
One of the things I love about living in Bountiful, Utah, is the ability to grow a garden and have fruit trees. Growing up in Texas, what we could grow was limited because of the climate and the heat. Here in Bountiful, however, the Spring and Summer seasons are perfect for growing conditions! My family and I started working on our mini-orchard last Fall when we planted 2 peach and 1 cherry tree. We also added another cherry tree as well as a columnar apple this Spring. We finally finished it this past weekend, so I want to share the mini orchard at my farmhouse with you!
A Whole Lot of Work
We had originally put down weed barrier last Fall that didn’t work very well so the weeds got really bad this Spring. We spent two entire Saturdays redoing the whole thing. We weeded the orchard, put down new weed barrier, and finally pavers and rocks. Andy also added a drip system so we wouldn’t have to remember to water it everyday. What I love about these projects is how rewarding it is working together as a family. The girls work just as hard as we do on all our home projects. I hope they can see that even though it’s a lot of hard work, it’s also very rewarding making a home–especially when everyone’s invested and can enjoy the outcome! For our mini orchard, we’ve already enjoyed our first batch of cherries from our cherry tree. In about a month, we’ll have our first peaches.
Your Own Mini-Orchard
Having your own mini-orchard is possible and not as overwhelming as it sounds! First, check the growing conditions of the area where you live to see what grows best in your climate and region. Next, find a section of yard to plant the fruit trees in. Finally, maintenance of the trees–periodically they’ll need to be pruned and some will need to be sprayed. Because orchards can get quite large, we chose to have a dwarf orchard. We keep our trees pruned and on the small side so they don’t take up as much room. It’s recommended you have ~15′ between fruit trees, but ours have about ~5 feet between them. Please feel free to ask any questions if you’d like to do something similar!
Do you have any fruit trees, and if so, what kind? I’d love to hear about it!
Previous Blog Posts
In case you missed it, I posted about the garden at our Farmhouse that you can find here.
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I’m including some of the tools and baskets I’ve been using all Summer for my garden and orchard!