Starting an Orchard (Fruits and Nuts)
It’s good to get your trees going as soon as possible as it takes a minimum of two years for them to bear fruit/nuts.
Any good farm or garden is going to have plenty of fruit and nut trees. Nut trees that do well in the Pacific Northwest are almond, walnut and filberts (hazelnut). I bought all three just this spring.
We have apple, pear, cherry, peach and a plum tree. Two of our four apple trees died so I plan on getting more this spring as we need the correct pollinators.
Hot then cold: I have a terrific plum tree but last year we had a warm spell followed by cold so the bees could not do their pollinating magic. This year looks a lot more promising. Technically, you could manually do your pollination with a clean paint brush but we’re talking thousands of flowers on the plum tree!
Snow: We have a nice peach tree but lost 50% of it to snow this last winter. Now I know that if we have a lot of snow outside to give the tree a good shake to get the heavy snow off of it before it breaks the branches. This happened to our plum tree last year as well.
Critters: Now, as to how we handle the critters who want to feast on our fruit tree fare, we put up a fence this year so this took care of the deer but the birds are a bit harder. I tried putting up sparkly tie wrap but it doesn’t seem to discourage them. I heard cd disks might work too but have not tried them.