Planting an Orchard Out Back
Planting fruit trees is a centuries-old way to boost your household harvest—one that will enhance a landscape for years to come.
Grow Your Own
Crisp apples, succulent pears, juicy peaches—fruit trees really earn their keep in a garden, providing strong silhouettes in winter and a lovely show of spring blossoms, in addition to all that beautiful bounty in summer and fall. Home orchards are a long-standing tradition; some of the first homeowners to enjoy them were the wealthy in Ancient Rome, when the apple made its way from its native Kazakhstan to Europe. Much later, apple trees grafted from English stock were planted on colonists’ farms in America, usually to make hard cider.
Shown: Balled-and-burlapped fruit trees await planting by Roger Cook and his crew. The varieties he chose for this Zone 6A (see slide 4) site include ‘Fuji,’ ‘Gala,’ ‘Honeycrisp,’ ‘Red Delicious,’ and ‘Spartan’ apples as well as ‘Bartlett’ and ‘Flemish Beauty’ pears.