Whilst digging over the front of the plot I was coming upon loads of shattered glass. There was far too much to dig out and clear so, after several trug fulls of shards and splinters, I decided that the only way of dealing with it was to plant up the area with perennial plants so that I wouldn’t have to dig in the area again.
When I was in London one of the plots near mine was known as “The Orchard” – it had 52 fruit trees as well as a lawn, pond seating area, sheds – despite that number of trees they were trained so that there was plenty of space.
Remembering this plot inspired me to experiment and plant out the square foot orchard. I bought a number of cheap fruit trees from various budget stores. In the end I bought 12 trees of different varieties:-
- Elstar Apple
- Jonagold Apple
- Granny Smiths Apple
- Coxs’ Orange Pipin Apple
- Concorde Pear
- Doyenne du Comice Pear
- Victoria Plumb
- Another Plumb
- A Cherry
I planted these out VERY close together – they are 18 inches apart in the rows with the rows being 2 foot apart – hence the phase square foot orchard.
This was an experiment – having the trees so close together should help to curb their vigor and hopefully convince them that they need to fruit to survive.
So far they are growing healthily – Ive summer pruned them so that they develop into vertical cordons and will be looking to keep them 6 foot high. One of the Jonagold had 3 fruit on it – I know, I should have removed them so that it could have concentrate on building it’s strength and structure but they were my first fruit.