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I'm looking at doing something similar and have planted 7 Red Oaks along the North West side of where I want to put the Fruit Trees. I hope to have the site prepped before Fall so I can do a fall planting.My plan is to fence in a dozen trees or so, and provide them water. I plan to use 6 foot fences to start (for deer) with horse fence and barbed wire. I'll have to put in some heavy posts to stop the cows probably -- and then some electric fencing outside of that.With luck, in a few years we will have a small crop
I like your triangular corrals. I don't think deer will jump into something that small- there's no where to land. I've also heard that either a double fence, or one that slopes outward will stop them because they're afraid of the distance rather than the height. Of course, if you neglect to explain these 'rules' to the deer, they may go ahead and jump in anyway! I was planning to grow my blueberries between two 6' fences to discourage deer, and then it will support netting to keep the birds out when the berries ripen
Thanks.I found a place to get pretty much any apple with Russian rootstock Antonovka and they list them by type of apple and various other features (when they bloom, hardiness etc). so I pan to go that route with Apples.
It depends on the local deer. My nephew in upstate NY put up 8', and the deer got in! He had to add another 4'. BIG deer up that way.
Thanks, I did find that nursery before. I never have contacted them but would be interested in a planting of old world apples I think. Ma Ellen most likely would kill me. Wow!! Twenty if well taken care of would really be a lot. Plenty for juicing, canning, and drying. Or most people's favorite just eating. They could certainly be given or bartered away as well. I would love to set up a stand or just out of the back of the pick up, and sell to hunters and fisherman as well as tourists who are looking at the fall foliage. Lots of time for that, as this is the first year that we are letting some of our trees produce. They like most produce are best when homegrown, and picked just at that peak. At least you get to control that aspect not some commercial growers governed by a head office...Well never mind that... whole other story. Also some of the verities they breed for longer storage life, this seems to be detrimental as it is in tomatoes and peppers. They seem content sacrificing taste and aroma for storage and shelf life. I do want to plant some maples up there. Oaks with our short growing season unless they were free are sort of a chance. Does any one have a lead on sugar maples? I know try the internet...
Good to hear! Ours are doing well also. Where did you get the peaches? What kind? I'm looking for a peach that will do well in our area also.
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