17 April 2011
Apricot trees in late afternoon light
Backyard Orchard Culture
Many of us would like to have fruit trees in our yard but lack sufficient space for much of an orchard. Perhaps we can fit in a dwarf peach or apricot, but then blossom time corresponds with a late freeze; or all the fruit ripens within a short period (maybe during vacation). Backyard Orchard Culture is about high density planting and successive ripening.
I’ve planted three apricot trees in a 4’ by 4’ raised bed. I chose early, mid-season and late apricots for a long harvest. If spring weather is unsettled, I have a better chance for a good crop. The three trees are pruned as one tree.
The objectives of Backyard Orchard Culture (Dave Wilson Nursery)
- Prolong harvest of tree-ripe fruit from a small space.
- Plant many fruit varieties close together.
- Maintain small tree size by summer pruning.
Photos from my garden by my cousin, Susan Bell who is visiting.
May 23, 2016
I’m reblogging this post on growing apricots from five years ago. At that time I had few readers, so you may find this helpful for backyard orchard culture and growing stone fruit.