Need more info.This the property i will be moving to, any suggestion on how i could set it up for maximum output?
I planted orchards in my first and second years. I knew that these trees would require 10+ years to reach maturity, and I did not want to wait any longer than I had to.Start small. Plenty of lawn there for a garden and chicken pen to start. Then, as years go by, work your way out. As you go, in years, add more, like orchards, berries, firewood, etc. The key is to start small so to not be overwhelmed.
Great advice. /\ /\ /\I planted orchards in my first and second years. I knew that these trees would require 10+ years to reach maturity, and I did not want to wait any longer than I had to.
i agree that trees take time to mature and should be planted as soon as you can ,but there is no sense in planting something you might not survive to see produce,,, so I think a garden comes first, it produces the first year and with luck from then on ,a lot of the plan needs to consider how long you have until you need it, if you think we only have a couple years then you will starve out long before the trees start to help, the other thing consider is cost if you try planting a fair sized orchard its going to cost hundreds of dollars that same amount in garden tools/seeds could get you into a huge gardenI planted orchards in my first and second years. I knew that these trees would require 10+ years to reach maturity, and I did not want to wait any longer than I had to.
a month or so ago I got my seed order , i had spent 180 and from that I can plant over 40000 square feet of garden or just under a acre with seed left overA 2-3 hundred dollars will buy you a dozen berry bushes and 5 plus fruit trees and those are not the cheapest prices out there.
I started my raspberry patch with 6 small pots from home depot for 7 bucks each. 4 years later I have enough after diving to cover almost a 1/4 acre. They are a great cheap investment for money and labor that produce a lot on their 2nd year.
Glad to hear you now have a root cellar. We had a tornado near by while I was still living in my tent. Not fun.I am the opposite of some people. I have been living on my property for almost 3 years. I still don't have any structures built that could be lived in. I did build a free standing roof for shade and rain catchment. I sometimes sleep on a picnic table I placed underneath, or a tent I made, or in my van.
I planted fruit and nut trees first. I hauled water for 2 weeks until I built the water catchment. Second I started digging a pond for water storage and to start raising some fish. Third was digging a root cellar for food storage and protection from tornados. I might build a small shed or dome this summer for tool storage and extreme bad weather shelter.
"Food and water is always first." I can sleep year around, under a tarp or in a tent with a sleeping bag, anywhere in the lower 48 and not worry about freezing. Sometimes it might not be the most comfortable but I enjoy it.
But I know I will eat food and drink water everyday. Plant fruit and nut trees today. Acorns are my most abundant resource, make use of them if you have them.
A perennial is less maintenance than an annual, this is obvious. Apples and grapes are wonderful treats. I do not view them as a must have for nutrition. For nutrition, I concentrate on my vegetables.Every year that you delay planting an orchard delays when it will begin to produce.
I like orchards, because you only plant the trees once, and they will produce food for many decades.
We plant garden crops every year, and I prune our trees and vines once a year. preparing the soil for planting requires far more labor, every year, than does fruit trees and a vineyard.