We have dreamed of an orchard since we moved to the farm 3 1/2 years ago. Thanks to help in picking Northwest hardy fruit trees from Michael Dolan's Burnt Ridge Nursery, we have 14 dwarf trees--pear, Asian pear, apricot, nectarine, peach, cherry, plum, and apple. We re-tilled a strip of land, dug 18" deep holes, and put gopher wire boxes in the holes. We added dirt and compost to bury the roots, a little water, and some wood chips around the base to keep the weeds down. A lot of work but what a sense of accomplishment to see that nice line of trees.
This blog reflects the journey of Kathleen and Mark who have left suburbia to steward this historical property and transform the land back into a working farm.