Good info again Outback. I have all my pruning done with the exception of my 2 oldest trees,
What varieties do you have bacpacker?
Man I’m sore! Worked for about 5 hours pruning today. Getting old I guess! This is a cool pic I took a couple years ago in my high density orchard. I’ve got just over 1300 trees on an acre and a third. Training and pruning is quite different than traditional central leader trees. These are dwarf trees, the branches are bent to below 90 degrees to keep them small and stimulate them to fruit in just 1-2 years after planting! They are planted 3′ apart and 11′ between rows. The net result is about 1000 bushel of apples per acre, as opposed to about 350 to 500 bushel per acre on full sized trees. This is why you may have seen most commercial orchards going over to this system, or something similar.
Now, I know what you all are thinking! I’m going to be a target if the shtf. I know! I have a couple friends that will be helping me, and I will recruit more for people that will help with chores and security. But it will be tough, I know that, but it does give me something good to barter! A friend and I have put up a couple blinds around the perimeter that we use for hunting but will double as lookout posts too.
Statistics: Posted by theoutback — Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:11 pm