July 6, 2010 9:31 PM Subscribe
What fruit trees should I plant in my new orchard?
posted by wilful to home & garden (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm taking possession of a property in coming months, and I have a blank canvas regarding the garden. I would like some inspiration from fellow mefites for the orchard and what I should plant there.
It's a flat site, pretty heavy soils but fertile and well drained. Temperate climate, a few frosts a year but not too extreme (never below -5), about 1000 mm rainfall a year, fairly hot and dry summers. Nothing too limiting, I think, apart from the frosts.
I could feasibly put in as many trees as I want to, fifty or more, but I wont do that because while I love fruit, there are limits, and pruning and other maintenance isn't that high a priority for me.
So thinking a dozen to twenty trees, not more than one of any sort. At minimum I'll have two apples (1 cooking, 1 eating), a buerre bosc pear, a lemon, an apricot, beyond that, what do you suggest, and why? Looking for the odd avant garde suggestions as well, if they can be found in Australia, which may not be the case.