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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2017, 10:12:08 AM »
With the last big rain and hot days everything has noticeably grown:



I posted this same picture in the " What blooming?" thread but felt it also belonged here:

First flowers on the Granny Smith Apple Tree



Joan J Primocane Thornless Raspberries




Key Lime












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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2017, 07:07:07 AM »
It has been a month;

Except for the  pot by the door that has mesclun all of the other pots are growing fruit.
Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, strawberries, blueberries,grape vine, Meyers Lemon, Key Lime and Raspberries

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Old Orchard:


On the deck off of the kitchen the Figs are starting to fill out:








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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2017, 06:20:12 PM »
they look great maggie!  i have a question.  your previous post mentioned you will leave them in the barrel for a couple of years.  once you do that will they move to that new section you just cleaned up and mowed?  or you mentioned over by the pond? 

do you move the shorter cuts that you planted into the bigger barrels once the trees move out?  or do they all go out at once?


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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2017, 05:57:31 AM »
Thanks Chips! These trees IF they are moved to growing in the ground will be here by the pond not in the OLD Orchard.The turkey, deer and the bear still rule that area.
If our timing is good we get first picking if not we get what they cannot reach.

Yes the small cutting will be move into bigger pots as soon as they have a sufficient root system.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2018, 03:57:22 PM »
maggie

how are the fruit trees doing?  did they survive all the snow?

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2018, 05:04:07 PM »
Yes Chips the fruit trees are doing great. We stored them in our unheated garage for the winter.

Our new trees  from Stark Bros arrived yesterday and we just came in from planting them in buckets

This year we ordered:
1 - Plum
Bubblegum

2 - Peach
Intrepid
Redhaven

 3 - Apple trees :
Red Delicious
Golden Delicious
Empire

I will snap some pictures tomorrow of our newly planted 3 year old sticks

I will take pictures before and after I prune them.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2018, 08:39:24 AM »
All of the trees are now on plastic to keep the area clear of weeds.

Taken the day we planted the new and dragged last years out of the basement.
April 20th:

 

Soon last year's  peach trees started to bloom: April 29th



Over view of all of the trees:




 More to come
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2018, 06:07:07 AM »
Your trees look good. :)
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2018, 04:54:40 AM »
Chapman!

The Pink Lady Apple tree is starting to bloom:

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2018, 07:22:23 AM »
Beautiful blooms for sure. Apples are on the way!
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2018, 09:30:29 AM »
Hey, Maggie,
I love your trees!  Just found a source for half barrels, and would like to know if there is a dwarf fig tree you know of that's suitable to grow to maturity in a barrel?

Also, my Meyer Lemon could stand to be transplanted to a larger vessel, too. 

Do you think it would work in a half barrel?

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2018, 02:57:46 PM »
Gymgirl I like the half barrels and would not hesitate to plant any of my fruit trees in them.
I have a Chicago Brown fig It's next move will be into one.
My Meyer lemon and Key Lime trees are still in fairly small pots .It will be several years before I have to move them into a container this big.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2018, 08:47:42 AM »
I have a total of 5 Key Limes:



 Looks like there is a Key Lime pie is in our future.

Here is a updated picture of our Orchard in a barrel project:




I noticed we have the start of small apples on 2 trees ( Pink Lady and Gala ) and a couple of dozen peaches on 2 trees. ( Red Haven and Finger Lakes 

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2018, 10:16:09 AM »
Looking and sounding good.  Fruit trees are so much fun and rewarding.  I need to learn to propagate the ones I have, mostly to replace if damaged, etc.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2018, 11:43:29 AM »
Maggie----do you have to spray a lot?? I gave up on fruit trees, because they were always needing to be sprayed for some dread disease. Had a delicious peach tree already planted when we moved into this home, but I did not want to use fungicide,etc., and it just went down for the count quickly.

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2018, 01:12:30 PM »
 Rabbit in the old orchard I have never used anything on the trees. Those Trees are at least 40 years old.
 
The Bucket trees I dusted The Apple Trees with Sulfur to prevent Cedar Rust which I did have last year.

I will tent the Cherry Tree with netting once the Japanese beetles emerge. They were relentless last year.

The Peaches and Pears don't seem to have any issues.

The Stanley Plum seems to have attracted some sort of caterpillar so far I have been ahead of them by just hand pick them off. If they become a bigger problem I will dust with Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2018, 02:24:24 PM »
Thanks for the info.... maybe I should give it another try. A few years ago my neighbor's plum trees got an awful fungus(?)that actually almost killed my crepe myrtle which was near by. Thank goodness, she cut them all down and my old crepe myrtle survived. She had tried treating her trees but had waited too late, and it never worked. Guess I am just gun shy after my own experience with my peach tree and hers. Growing up we had 3 plum trees and 2 big fig trees in our backyard. They never had any disease and were never sprayed or treated with anything......go figure! They all produced abundantly every year.

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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2018, 05:53:22 AM »
 Bug and disease control will be another advantage of keeping them at the 6ft height.
I will hopefully see an issue before it become a huge problem.

 The Northsky Blueberries are getting big:



The Top Hat has always been a great producer of a  smaller blueberry:



 Raspberries have set a lot of berries. Thanks to the Bumble Bees and Mason Bees:



 Peaches are starting to really look like peaches:



I removed most  leaving  just a few  about 6" between each peach and took all of them off the outer section of the branch.I would rather have a few fruit this year and a healthy tree.





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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2018, 08:07:30 AM »
I feel like removing some of the peaches early on allows room for the others to grow bigger.  Also, less of the peaches drop premature.
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Re: Orchard in a barrel!
« Reply #39 on: June 23, 2018, 02:56:07 PM »
I agree with your thinking It is better to have few bigger peaches than to stress the tree for mediocre fruit.

Northsky




Top Hat



Peaches are filling out I don't have to search for them I can now spot them as I approach the trees





Key Limes



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