[permaculture] Fruit tree orchard

Jessica Scadron jscads at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 4 12:57:54 EST 2010


> Happy New Year!
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> I'm doing research on growing a fruit tree orchard up near Mt. Shasta in a meadow where currently there are no trees, only grasses. The purpose of the orchard is to create jams, chutneys and other preserves. Ideally the trees would produce fruit in 3 years or less. Can anyone help guide me on the following?
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> --Are there any recommendations for books or resources that identify the best fruit trees to grow in a 4-season, high altitude climate like Shasta?
> --How do I quantify over time/as trees mature how much each fruit tree will produce to plan for production/output?
> --For the trees to successfully be transplanted, is it better to plant young trees that haven't started fruiting yet, or older trees that have? I'm also curious how this effects timing in terms of time to produce fruit? (I realize it depends on the tree/species, but the sooner the trees produce the better.)
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> Many thanks in advance for your wisdom.
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> Jessica
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