OSU Ag extention service have a wealth of info. available on line, on this and many other Ag related subjects.I want to plant some fruit trees this fall but all the info I am finding is just confusing me more.
Any advice when it comes to varieties that do well in Oklahoma ... Based on what I learned at beekeeping class yesterday, these trees will be really good for them. I'd also like varieties that I can stagger the blooming on (makes for a steadier food source for the bees, and makes harvesting/putting up a little easier too).
9 to 12 trees, depending on how I need to space them out, along with a row of blackberry shrubs along the chicken and rabbit pen fencing (so they can all nibble through the fence for treats) and a strawberry plot up by the patio (and another larger bed in the front) and a couple of beehives, three at the absolute most, depends on how productive they are, should pretty much fill up the backyard.
Grumpy would like peaches ... I'm more inclined to go with apples ... So maybe both?? Lol
I wish @Timmy59 would stick his head back in the door. I miss him ...
Anyway ... I have 3 raised beds laid out in an east/west orientation. Do I need to change that to north/south??
I'm thinking maybe a row of 3 or 4 apple trees, a row of 3 or 4 peach trees, and a row of 3 or 4 cherry trees. There is a guy on YT who has planted standard sized trees and keeps them pruned to 6 to 8 feet tall. I'll have to go find his channel name -- don't recall off the top of my head. OR maybe 3 of each of those and 3 pear trees??!?!?!? I seriously do not know what to do except I know I'm gonna have to prune and I need to watch my varieties to make sure I have the appropriate cross-pollinators ...
Ugh ... Now you see why I'm asking for help ... I need to get the trees in the ground this fall so I can get a nuc this coming spring.
I do have a lot of help with the heavy-lifting stuff. Thank goodness. I really feel like once it's in and established that the maintenance won't be overwhelming. As much as I'd like an acreage it is turning out that this little plot of land is just about the perfect size for me to play around on.
Anyway ... Thanks in advance for any advice, attagirls, "OMG you're nuts! Don't do all that you'll never get it done"s ... Sometimes the harshest criticisms turn out to be the very thing that clicks the light on for me and I figure out a way that would have never occurred to me otherwise. Yep, I'm weird that way. Ok ... Ready ... Set ... SPAM ME!!
Just to give you another option, not sure how close you are to a public library, but some of them around here have seed banks that you can check out. You plant the seeds, grow the plant then let some go to seed to replenish the seeds you checked out. Rinse and repeat.
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