I believe fruit trees and edible landscapes are one of the best investments that can be made on the homestead. Having suffered several mistakes planting my first fruit trees, I am writing this so others might learn from a few of my mistakes.
Every Spring Lowe’s ( and other “Big-Box” stores) begin to fill themselves with wonderful citrus trees. Ripe with fruit, I could not resist the idea of having oranges, Limes and lemons on my new land.
The first thing I did was purchase and plant a half dozen of these citrus trees. Meyer lemon, limes, kumquats and even an orange and grapefruit. I gave “some” thought to where to plant them, but in retrospect, I didn’t consider winter air movement at all and the first freezing night that I forgot to cover them left me with dead twigs. In hindsight, I pretty much did everything wrong. I allowed the trees to fully fruit instead of plucking the immature fruit allowing the energy to go into establishing a root system. . My mulching was not that great….pitiful really. All told, it was an expensive lesson. Zone 8B is not that kind to citrus in the first place and not doing everything else right seals the fate of the tropical wonders. Now that you know the fate of my first citrus, there is a brighter note. The peach, pear, figs and apple survived fine. Here are a few pics of the end of the first year planting in 2011.