Fall is the very best time to buy trees. Not only is the weather alot easier on the newly-planted, but most nurseries have amazing deals to try to clear out as much as possible to make room for next year's inventory. So Sunday we took a drive to Elmore Roots Nursery who was advertising $20 trees and $10 shrubs. These guys have been around for 30 years and trust me, if it can grow in Elmore its got to be hearty.
We packed the fifteen trees and three grape vines into the back of the pickup, covered them with a tarp, and headed to Stowe for an early birthday party for my friend, Ali. Kyle and I planned a vacation day for Monday so we carved pumpkins, ate and laughed the night away with good friends.
We woke up on Monday to a clear sky. After bringing the dogs and Elvis to their appointment with the vet we grabbed some breakfast sandwiches at DJ's and headed home. By now the sun was high up in the sky and we set to work.
First we had to decide where exactly we wanted to plant our trees. They would take up a considerable amount of space, needing about 25' between them, but we didn't want to take up potential grazing or garden space. It was a debate between a nice little hillside behind the house where there are currently three birch trees and a beach tree in residence that faces west, or the flat section near the road that faces south. It was a long debate but in the end we decided not to choose either spots.
Instead we looked to the front yard where there is plenty of grass but unsuitable for grazing or gardening. Not only would this be a beautiful spot for an orchard, it would also provide some great privacy from the neighbor across the road and people driving by. And I love the idea of sitting on our front porch someday, enjoying the beauty of apple and pear trees in bloom. While we debated on the layout of the apple orchard we planted the lone cherry tree (self-pollinating according to the orchard) in the front-right yard which gets some great southern sun exposure.
I painted all the trees with some special tree paint to protect them from sun and wind damage and we even clipped on some garlic-oil deer repellent to each tree. I liked the end result- each tree was more visible with the white paint- at least Kyle will see them and not hit them with the lawn tractor. Someday these trees will become a beatiful orchard and we'll cover their branches with white lights for Christmas and in the summer we'll have birds nesting in their branches. But those days are far away, when our future-children are grown. I like that; good things take time.