Three years ago, we planted an apple tree and two mulberries on the Northwest side of our homestead.
We planted saplings. Leafless, scrawnyy saplings.
We had plans to turn that area into an orchard, but with only three trees it was dubbed “the fruit tree area”.
Not very clever.
Now, just a few short years later, the scraggly saplings have grown strong with aspirations to become full-grown trees.
We watered them for the first season. We fertilized them a bit. But then, aside from caging them to give them a chance against the deer, we let them fend for themselves.
They’ve been through a lot these past 3 years.
They’ve bravely withstood being deer snacks and quickly rebounded from vicious Japanese beetles assaults.
I like to think that the phrase “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” can be applied to these three little tree-lings.
Last Saturday, we added more apple trees and a few cherry trees. Our “fruit tree area” has graduated to an orchard.
An orchard deserving its own sketch-up.
An orchard full of 2′ saplings and three leafy tree wannabes, but still…an orchard.
Just wait a few years.
It will be lovely.
Mulberries and cherries
Apple trees…all kinds
An orchard green and merry
A lovely haven…mine