We have been adding to our food production as time, space, and money allow. We have been interested in apple trees but had not pursued it. On the property there is an area that is almost 1/2 an acre of pine beetle destruction. Pine trees laying everywhere and in some pretty dangerous angles. I have never thought much of the spot.
You can see from the first pictures that this was anything but an easy job. We cut and piled, cut and piled and then cut and piled some more. If running a chainsaw makes you feel manly then this was the place to be. After we got everything piled up we got a burn permit and let it rip. There were three large piles for our Phase 1. They burned away to nothing. You can see how cleaned out it is in this area.
The trees are finally in the ground. I started with one red delicious and one golden delicious. Apple trees will self-polinate but you always do better with cross-pollination. These are good pollinators for each other and will also pollinate other varieties well as we add them. These two are semi-dwarfs and will average around 15' in height. They will produce 12 to 15 bushels per tree on average when mature. I wanted dwarf trees but did not have access to any. That's probably what my new ones will be. Dwarfs will top out at 10' at the most and still produce around 6-8 bushels. Either way, these two trees will be good additions to what we are doing. These are also right behind my beehives so it will be an easy flight. I like efficiency. :)
I wanted to plant several but at $20.00 each I don't have the money for many. Michael reminded me that overseas they do things when they can knowing it will still be good and that they are helping their kids and other future generations as well. I decided to drop the American attitude about getting it all done now and practicing some patience. Jesus continues to teach me and it was extra nice to learn something through farming since so many of His parables used the same subject.
Phase 2 will consist of continued cutting, piling, and burning. We'll plant more apple trees in this area and most likely some peaches and pears on up the hill. If you want to run your chainsaw and feel manly then come join us!