When we got the house, we really wanted to grow as much of our own food as possible, within the limits of it being a fun hobby and not a second profession. And to me, that means fruit trees!
Fruit trees are awesome, because they grow on their own, they dont need a lot of babying, they give shade and do normal tree-y things like welcoming birds, they blossom out and look beautiful in the spring, and near the end of summer, you get free fruit. What could be more awesome? We have an existing apple tree and it gave us 3 dozen apples last year and I did almost nothing for it.
So 2 of the trees we have planned are pear trees. Then we`ll have at least one apple tree and 2 serviceberries to go. And a Spruce, but that tree has a different purpose.
I was in Sheridan nurseries last week and they were having a sale on all their fruit trees. 30% off everything. And when you get a tree delivered, any other trees after that get free delivery. So I ordered 2 pear trees. That’s $60 for 2 pear trees, including delivery – this is why it pays to plant trees later in the season!
Heres the first one – its a Bosc pear, 6 feet tall.
And here is the 2nd one – its a Bartlett pear, 6 feet tall. Yes, the newly staked one. The tree in front of the statue is the apple tree.
This pear tree has the most beautiful branching off the central trunk.
The pear trees should get around 20 feet tall and wide. They are both planted in holes around 16 inches deep, in triple mix soil mixed with a bit of sheep manure under the roots. I also like to preserve the soil microbes in new plantings as that will usually be good for the plant, so they have original dirt mixed in with the new triple mix. I also mix in manure farther from the tree roots to give them something to reach for. It worked on the maple tree, but thats apparently unkillable so we`ll see if it works on the pear trees also.