The Hubs and I went round and round discussing if we should do it.
On one hand, it’s a great deal.
On the other hand, it represents more work for us.
And yet, could we really pass it up?
Or should we wait till the opportunity rolls around again?
Who’s to say that we’d be any more ready then?
And really, by doing it right now rather than waiting, some parts will actually be easier.
But, ugh, the extra work. And all while trying to build!
And the whole time, this blog post’s message was running through my head. Now is the time!
So what did we do?
We bought the trees.
A local nursery was running a killer deal on fruit trees. We got 5 trees for the price of 2!
Eventually, we want to plant even more fruit trees, but we want to start with root stock and do some grafting, etc. Hubs has been learning all about that stuff. But THAT is definitely a project for later down the road.
For right now? Let’s get some trees in the ground, man! Yes, it means more work, just one more thing (or rather, 5 more things) to take care of. On the other hand, we’re going to have equipment up here soon that will easily and quickly dig the holes for planting, so that will actually make it easier. And we’ve brainstormed a way to make watering a simple task. When we get it set up, we’ll let you know how it works.
When you’re developing property from the ground up and want to end up with a bona fide orchard, you gotta get started ASAP. Fruit trees take a couple years to mature and start producing. As I said in the article I linked to above, if we had actually planted trees when we first started talking about it many years ago, we would have gotten to enjoy those trees for several years before we moved. As it was, we never planted. There was always some excuse.
And the opportunity was wasted.
And when we finally DID plant a couple trees on our homestead? We up and moved away for two years. But even then, buying and planting those two trees was worth it. We have since moved our house location away from where they are planted, but they are still there and doing well. And they have now had two years in the ground. Two years head start on everything else we plant now.
So when we learned about the sale, we debated and hemmed and hawed, and then we remembered the lessons from three years ago.
And we bought the trees.
Now is the time.
Maybe not the perfect time. But it is THE time.
Because it is never going to be perfect. There will always be some excuse.
You just gotta make it happen.
So for now, our five little trees (three apple and two cherry) huddle together near the house pad, waiting for us to decide where is the best place to plant them.
These, the beginning of our orchard.
Oh, the hopes and dreams wrapped up in those few sticks growing out of the dirt in some buckets.