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Orchard in a barrel!
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:46:36 AM »
We ordered  from Stark Bro's Nursery https://www.starkbros.com/  One tree we ordered The Big Blue Plum was out of stock.

With the pond project still underway and since we didn't want to wait another couple of years to to this we will be  container growing everything . At least for the first few years. If they prosper in the 25 gallon buckets we may just keep them in the buckets.




 In this box we found our new orchard.

It includes:

APPLE TREES:

GrandGala
Pink Lady
Granny Smith

PEAR TREES:

Bartlett Pear Standard
Starking Delicious

CHERRY TREES:

Starkrimson Sweet Cherry
Starling Hardy Giant Antique Sweet Cherry

PLUM TREES:

Big Blue Plum (SOLD OUT)
Stanley Prune-Plum

PEACH TREES:

Redhaven
Fingerlakes Super Hardy

RASPBERRIES:

 2... Joan J Primocane  Thornless Red ( set of 3)

While we let the trees soak up some water we started to mix the first batch of potting soil using Vermiculite, Peat moss, Composted Alpaca manure, organic fertilizer, sand and garden lime.



Jim drilled 5 holes in the bottom of each pot.
We placed circles cut from screening on the bottom followed by an inch of pea stone.



I will let them settle in for a couple of days before I make the first radial cut on each whip.



I forgot to snap a picture of the Thornless Raspberry canes I will do that when it stops raining.










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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2017, 07:11:58 AM »
Happy days Maggie  :)
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2017, 07:01:11 PM »
We are very excited.

Hopefully this time we are successful at keeping the bucks from rubbing their velvet resulting in stripped bark and since we will be moving them into the HT for the winter that  will definitely keep the deer from snacking on them.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 08:34:01 PM »
Maggie I am considering expanding my orchard.Since yours is temporary this year you may want to follow this 23 part series on backyard orchards. It may change some of the ideas we have always held as truths.
Enjoy,
Wade

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 05:35:09 AM »
I have watch all of his Youtubes several times.
 It was great entertainment in the dead of winter.
He has some REALLY REALLY good information that he presents in a way that build confidence.
 We are going  to use is no taller than I can reach method.Starting with my first radical cut at 18".
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2017, 07:20:36 AM »
congrats maggie!  i am so excited for you!  they look great in the barrels!

i am looking forward to your updates  :)

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2017, 06:43:45 AM »
 We made severe cut to the trees to get the first branches low on the stem.
Since we had never tried this method before we were both very nervous  taking the leap of faith that it would work but finally the trees are starting to bud out:





And all of the tops we cut from the trees I planted in  cups the HT and seem to be doing well:

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2017, 07:40:12 AM »
I forgot to add these:

Thornless Raspberries:



Key Limes:

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2017, 10:40:45 AM »
the trees look great maggie!  i am glad that technique worked out for you.  with all those cuts growing, you really will have a big orchard going.

the pics are wonderful!  thanks for the update!

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2017, 05:18:23 PM »
Everything looks great.  Pots worked for us for two years and we are keeping ours of a size to not need a ladder to harvest anything.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2017, 06:16:18 PM »
Great to see them doing well. Top work Maggie  ;)
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2017, 05:56:06 AM »
Everything looks great.  Pots worked for us for two years and we are keeping ours of a size to not need a ladder to harvest anything.

That is what we are doing also!
We are following the Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery methods.
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2017, 07:50:00 PM »
That is the videos we used to plant by.  I don't remember who originally posted them on this forum but it was here and I give a belated Thank You.  :)
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2017, 04:26:17 AM »
Mike Do you have some photos of the trees in pots?
I would enjoy seeing what they looked like after 2 years of growth
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2017, 08:57:55 PM »
Sorry I don't have any pictures of them in the pots.  They are all going on 4 years old now and growing good.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2017, 06:34:22 AM »
Mike how about some photos of what they look like now that you have planted them?

Figs are starting to show up




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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2017, 06:01:09 AM »
We actually have a bud on one of the "new" Apple trees.


In our" old orchard" the trees are covered with blooms




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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2017, 02:55:17 PM »
Looking good Maggie.  How often do you water your trees in pots? 

Last year my olive, avocado, some blueberries, and pineapple guava got to dry and probably set them back.  This year, I drilled a whole in a bottom of a milk jug.  I fill it up every morning and put it i a different pot such that a pot gets 2 gallons of water.  Not sure if that is enough or too much but they are looking better than last year. 
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2017, 03:16:10 PM »
What a cool idea.. you guys are full of them.. nice job as the norm with y'all..

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2017, 03:21:03 PM »
 jimmiec I am a firm believer in deep watering so when the soil does require water. I water each tree slowly until the water flows out the holes in the bottom of the barrel.

Since this is my first try at growing fruit trees in containers I am not sure how often I will need to water once we warm up and the rain stops.

The truth is since I planted them we have gotten an inch or more of rain each week so I have not had to water at all.

Thanks Zook!
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