They say the best time to plant an orchard is 20 years ago, the second best is now…
We feel strongly about planting trees, as well as growing our own fruit. On top of that, in the near future, we would like to start keeping bees. Setting up an orchard seemed a natural choice.
Trying to grow trees at 1450 feet above sea level was always going to be a challenge. A lot of thought and research went into choosing varieties that would be happy in high altitude and on exposed terrain. We ordered hardy varieties of apple trees, pears, plumbs and cherries from Scotland.
A natural border of 360 berry-bearing shrubs was also set up to help protect the trees from the wind, provide pollen for the bees and food for wild birds.
Update: August 2018
It’s still a fledgling orchard but we have high hopes for it.