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Orchard suggestions?
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Jim    Posted 09-14-2003 at 17:18:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have a piece of the farm I am putting into a small orchard for my use and to feed the local neighbors (deer and turkey) - south facing ridge top in SW Wisconsin with clay soil - recently put in couple of Honey Gold apple trees and wild sour apple tree is present - looking for suggestions on other trees to put in - cherry, pear, plun etc. Thanks, Jim

WallSal55-IL    Posted 09-15-2003 at 09:01:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know about clay soil. Our soil is very
dry, poor, and these trees have been good in this
type of soil, and made it through drought:
Dwarf Kiefer pear - Sept.
Dwarf Jonathan - Sept. - excellent for pies,
crisps, cobblers, fresh
and the best applesauce w/skins left on, cinnamon, added!
Tart, juicy apple

WallSal55 P.S.    Posted 09-15-2003 at 09:04:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had excellent luck with Dwarf North Star
Cherry (tart) and my FIL had luck with Montmorency.

Dave Munson (mid Illinois    Posted 09-15-2003 at 06:32:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
What ever you do keep the apple trees away from the berries. I can't spray about a third of my trees because the different stuff (blackberries, raspberries, black raspberries and strawberries) are blooming when I need to spray. If I spray I will kill off the bees.

Paula    Posted 09-15-2003 at 04:51:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can only suggest what I anticipate (in theory as yet to
be executed).
Kiwi (gooseberry)
asian pear

I got great info on what I could grow in my area from the
U of PA exension office.


Tom A    Posted 09-15-2003 at 03:45:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I started the same sort of project 3 years ago now, got our first decent return on fruit this year. We planted mostly older varieties of trees because the fruit tastes better (my dad had all the older varieties when I was growing up) and because they seem to thrive better with less spraying and care.

For apples we have MacIntosh, Stayman-Winesap, an old cultivar of Red Delicious, and Granny Smith.

Peaches we have Rochester and JH Hale (both did extremely well the last two years...the first trees producing).

Plum we have Green Gage which is supposedly self-fertile. It has not flowered yet, so it may be a late-bloomer or we got a dud.

Figs I've cut rooted plants off my dad's old plants so I don't know the variety for sure, but they might be Brown Turkey based on the descriptions in the catalogs. Here in Western Maryland (Zone 6b) the figs ripen fairly late, but we get lots of it...and our bourbon red turkeys love 'em so I'd guess the wild ones would too. The figs require almost no care at all really cold climates you can wrap them in the winter.


ATW/WA    Posted 09-14-2003 at 20:59:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, apples, nectarine, apricots, grapes and currents. Several varities of each(early, mid and late) to extend the seasons of each and for pollination.

I grew on the edge of irrigated fruit/vegetable farming and dryland wheat ranching. Some of the finest tasting venision you could imagine. If you followed "Bugle" magazine from "Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation", They followed a herd of elk in my old stomping grounds on the Rattlesnake Mountains of central Washington. One of the elk was named "Brutus" very remarkable.

You could follow the deer and elk by following the spoor, filled with fruit seed and skin. But they also frequented the vegetable, alfalfa and wheat fields.

They now have a thriving turkey population there also. So I guess the greater the diversity of fruits, vegetable and grain crops the better the habitat.

Have fun and enjoy,


If you have any extra apricots, send some... :O)

dave m    Posted 09-14-2003 at 17:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Contact St Lawrence nurseries in Potsdam NY.they have a web site and have the best trees anywhere.dave

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