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Planting a new orchard on an old orchard site...soil prep?


 
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macadamia
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Planting a new orchard on an old orchard site...soil prep? Reply with quote

Hi there!
I'm looking for some advice!
I've been given free reign with an old orchard adjacent to our house (my husband's great grandmother's orchard - now ours!)
There were 6 apple trees on it until they died about ten years ago.
Apparently they died of old age and blew down in the wind.
The field is circular and about 20-30m in diameter.
I think I could plant 9 standard trees on it, with a mix of apple, pear, cherry, plum and maybe almond....
What sort of ground preparation would I need to do?
I hope to plant root stock next Nov as I can't afford trees now, and it is getting late. But I was thinking to plant blueberries and raspberries and black and red currants around the perimeter whenever the time is right (spring?).
I will need to clear brambles away from two sides and prune back a very vigorous and bushy holly, but ground wise - do I need to dig over the whole lot?
The field had sheep in it for a number of years, but not in the last 5 years. And has been fallow since....
What should I do?
Looking forward to your responses!
Macadamia Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome macadamia !
Since you are in County Clare, I'm sure you know all about Seedsavers, but just in case you don't, they may be really helpful for you as you develop your orchard and garden:

http://irishseedsavers.ie/

The best of luck with your new life !
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sive! I've heard of them, but I haven't been out there yet.
Do you know if it's possible to taste fruit samples from various apple trees
before actually buying trees? Or do people tend to read descriptions and just take a chance?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would make sense if you could do that. I imagine Seedsavers would be the people to ask.......if they can't offer tasting sessions, they may know who does. I've certainly seen such a thing on TV....but that would have been in Britain.
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