Friday, February 28, 2014

Question, Comment / Complaint?

I don't know if you remember but Grim and I bought property last summer. Now mind you it isn't in the Yukon... but its close... LOL! Not really... It is in the UP of Michigan, where they get an average of 150 inches of snow every winter. There will be snow on the ground long after the first day of Spring. With that being said...

I got an email from a very reputable company that sells fruit and nut trees. The email states that they have this great sale and come check out the site... Wellllllll, since one of the things on the agenda has been to get the orchard planted this year, I thought WOO HOO! So I go and it tells me to plug in my zip code so that we can see when the best time to plant and what zone I'm in... Cool!

First let me say that the property is a zone 5a. I really don't know much about this zone other then its for plants that can handle more cold then where I am currently residing. The next thing to do was see what the Next Ideal Planting Time is..... Drumroll?!? No, alright.... Its March 31st.

My question, comment / complaint is there will still be snow on the ground at the ideal planting time. The weather really doesn't start to turn until the end of April and I still need to clear the area. So can I buy the trees now, put them in the garage until I can get up there the middle of June and plant them then? Or if I miss this date is it then to late to plant for this year? I have a book on fruit trees but when I changed my bedroom around all my homesteading books got moved and I don't know where they went. So I am asking my readership, does anyone know?

I would really like to get trees in the ground this year... But I'm afraid to spend the money for them to not survive! The joys of being a newb! :(

Yart

5 comments:

Sandra Morris said...

We have bought fruit trees from a nursery and planted them in late spring or early summer.

Yart said...

Sandra, thank you... Now I won't worry so much about planting them at the non optimal time! :D

hardatworkcrafts said...

I live in the U.P. It is recommended that trees be planted in early spring, as soon as the ground thaws, or late fall, before the ground freezes. I have seen trees being planted just before summer heat, and they thrived. If you are planting fruit trees, you probably will not get any fruit for a few years.

hardatworkcrafts said...

I live in the U.P. It is recommended that trees be planted in early spring, as soon as the ground thaws, or late fall, before the ground freezes. I have seen trees being planted just before summer heat, and they thrived. If you are planting fruit trees, you probably will not get any fruit for a few years.

Yart said...

Well Hello, Neighbor! :)
Thank you for that information... I might be better off waiting then as we don't have area even cleared of scrub brush yet. And won't have time to do that and get everything planted... no time until the kids are out of school.