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Since we’re starting out fresh here in our new home with the goal of turning it into a self-sufficient homestead, one of our priorities is getting fruit trees established since they take a long time to become productive.

Apparently (and we can’t quite tell yet since things still aren’t quite blooming) we already have apples and pears – somewhere on the property – so we’re hoping that’s the case.

But my all-time, hands-down favorite fruit is peaches, so we wanted to get some trees established right away.


An advantage to purchasing fruit trees from local nurseries is they focus on varieties that thrive in local conditions. At the tail end of some other errands (which meant the car was full), we hit a nearby nursery and selected four very young peach trees that are resistant to peach-leaf curl. Since we couldn’t take them with us at that moment, we paid for them and returned later to pick them up.

The trees were heeled into the ground and for some reason I thought the nursery was going to pot them for us. Instead, we got bare-root trees with the roots wrapped in plastic bags. (To be honest, this didn’t impress me.)

By lucky coincidence I had just picked up some potting soil the day before…

…as well as some 10-gallon pots. Phew. This meant we could at least get the trees potted quickly until such time as we can get them in the ground.

The four varieties we got are Oregon Curl-Free:


We also got an Avalon Pride and a Frost (no tags to photograph, sorry).

We got some potting soil poured into the pots, and placed the young trees in them.

Then we straightened the trees, filled the rest of the pot with soil, packed it down, and gave everything a good watering.

Obviously this is just a temporary arrangement. But we can’t just dig a hole a plop these young trees in the ground. We have so many deer here that the tender young buds would be munched down instantly.

Instead we’re planning the first of what we’re calling “nuclear fencing” to keep deer and elk away from these valuable plantings. This also means we have to weigh our budget and lumber shortages against  various fencing options, Right now we’re looking to build a “tent” of heavy-duty netting over salvaged poles to keep deer out of the trees until they’re older.

I’ll keep you posted on how this works out. But at least for now, the peaches are potted on the porch and safe from deer.


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