Choosing Which Fruit Trees to Plant

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Choosing Which Fruit Trees to Plant: an activity for children of all ages. As you make plans for planting fruit trees, there are a number of things to consider and plan before you start. For example, which types of fruit do you actually use and enjoy? How much room do you have and how many trees can you plant? One of the neat things about planting your own trees is that you can keep them small and put more of them in. This is an advantage not only because they are easier to pick from when they are small, but with more trees you can stagger your harvest from each tree. This makes it possible to get continuous fruit production throughout the season! In this activity, children will learn more about fruit trees.

  • Supplies
  • Figure out what your local climate is.
    • You can do this by consulting the internet for your climate zone.
    • You can also contact your local nursery. They will often have more detailed information about where you live, especially if you can find a nurseryman who knows your local area well.
    • You can also google your average temperature for your town.
  • Use the data you have gathered about your climate to figure out how many chilling hours you get over the winter and what your lowest average temperature is during the winter. The number of chilling hours and lowest average temperature will determine which types of trees grow well where you live.
  • Call your local nursery to find out who their nursery supplier is and what varieties of trees they stock and can order.
  • Ask the nursery if they have a harvest schedule for the fruit trees. (You may have to go to the supplier website to find this.)
    • For our local nurseries, the supplier is Dave Wilson Nursery. They have a harvest chart that helps to figure out which trees will ripen when. Even if Dave Wilson is not the supplier in your area, they have an excellent website with a huge library of videos that will help you learn everything you need to know about back yard fruit growing. They also carry a large variety of trees with descriptions of each that could be helpful as you begin learning about the varieties you find most interesting.
  • Use the harvest information plus additional information about each fruit to determine which trees will give you the best fruit for the most extended period of time. For example, if you choose the right trees, you can have ripe peaches from May through October!
  • Write down the trees you would like to plant and contact your local nursery to make sure they will do well where you live and are available (some trees have to be special ordered).
  • Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include this list in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.
  • Have fun learning and planting!