Starting an Orchard
If you have a big backyard or a piece of land, you can turn it into an orchard that will soon provide you with huge profits.
To know more about the process and steps on how to do this, read the succeeding paragraphs.
Choose the Fruit You Would Like to Grow in Your Orchard
If you have basic gardening skills, you don’t have anything to worry about because of the fact that you can successfully start your own orchard. The first thing you need to do is to choose the fruit you would like to grow. If you live in the northern part of the US, you have to select healthy fruits such as pears or apples. On the other hand, if you live in the southern part, you can grow oranges, limes, lemons and peaches that only thrive in a warm climate. You can ask an arboretum or a local nursery with regard to the kinds and varieties of fruits that blossom only in your area.
Choose the Tree You Want to Plant
There are several trees to choose from such as full-sized, semi-dwarf and dwarf. The semi-dwarf and dwarf trees may be a good choice, but the full-sized trees are known to yield more fruits. The tree you have chosen will also determine the length of time you should wait just before you can harvest the first fruits, the amount of fruit you will grow for every acre and the assortment of your fruit as well. You should also take into consideration whether you want the orchard to be “pick-your-own” or not. This is because of the fact that harvesting fruits from full-sized trees is physically demanding and labor-intensive.
Prepare the Land and Buy Stocks
The next step is preparing your land by cleaning it and by calculating the number of trees that will fit into the orchard space. When you are done with this step, begin purchasing the saplings or seedling stock.
Cultivate the Trees Using the Best Methods
When everything is ready, the next thing you need to do is to cultivate the trees with constant pest control, feeding, watering and pruning in order to secure healthy trees that will soon produce the highest fruit quality. The time of growing may vary, so you need to be patient.
Selling the Fruits
You also have to create a road-sign that indicates that the crop or fruits are already ripe. You also have to list the “open” hours in order for your customers to know the right time when they can purchase the goods you offer.
Then, set the price based on the pricing on local stores. You also have to collect sacks, baskets and bags that can be used for gathering the fruits and holding the purchases of customers.