Three years ago, we planted an apple tree and two mulberries on the Northwest side of our homestead.

We planted saplings. Leafless, scrawnyy saplings.


Two-variety apple – 2013


Illinois everbearing mulberry – 2013


Dwarf mulberry – 2013

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.


Two-variety apple – 2015


Illinois everbearing mulberry 2016


Weeping Mulberry – 2015

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

4 responses to “Lovely

  1. H is a wannabe fruit tree grower. I keep telling him if he would get rid of some of those pine trees in the back yard his fruit tress would get the sunlight they need. Tell me I’m right on this? Problem is – having trees cut is sooooo expensive! Yours look lovely! ~Elle

    • Depending on how many, the pine trees are probably taking a lot of the sunlight. If he doesn’t want to get rid of them and if they aren’t taking up too much room, you could plant fruit trees on the south side of the pines to maximize sunlight…but the soil is most likely highly acidic from the pine needles so there might be a problem there as well. Good luck convincing him! Thank you for the compliment!

  2. I bet it will be fun to watch the progress as trees grow over time!


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