Another Pass at Urban Orcharding
For those of you that know me or have read my blog you know how much I love fruit trees. So much so that I have over 80 fruit trees planted at the Urban Farm and another 60 or so planted in my neighborhood. A big part of how we manage these trees is that we keep them small with a process called Urban Orcharding. We keep them small by pruning them from a very early age and then keep up with the pruning every year.
My goal at the Urban Farm is to get to a place where I am able to harvest fruit all year around. Well I am getting there and it looks like this:
• November through April – Oranges and tangerines – these store really well on the tree.
• April – Loquats – A really nice tropical fruit resembling an apricot.
• May through July – Peaches, apricots, plums and grapes – these don’t store well on the tree well therefor I have planted different varieties that ripen at different times. This is called successive ripening.
• June through August – Apples – These store well on the trees as well.
• August and September – Asian pears and pomegranates.
Check out this video on urban orcharding. Also here is a really great article on creating your own urban orchard.