Creating a mini-orchard

January 27, 2010, 11:52 am betterhomesgardens


And grow your own fruit!

When space allows, create a dedicated area in the garden for your fruit trees. Design it well and your mini-orchard will become a charming landscape feature. Using a pair of beds with a central path gives you easy access to all sides of your trees for picking fruit.

Gather your supplies

Tape measure; marking paint; shovel; mattock; landscape rake; turf cutter (optional); quality garden mix; decomposed granite; vibrating plate compactor

Here’s how

STEP 1 Mark out the pathway. It should be at least 1.1m wide. Then mark the beds on either side – allow at least 1m at the widest point. This will vary when you take into account the canopy width of the fruit trees you are planting so adjust layout accordingly.

STEP 2 Remove turf in the area of the beds and path. Use a mattock and spade, or if turf is to be re-used, a motorised turf-cutter. Once removed, mark out pathway again.

STEP 3 Mound the soil in the area of the garden beds. Add the decomposed granite along the pathway area. If you require a firmer path, order the decomposed granite with cement blended through. Use a landscape rake to bring the granite to level.

STEP 4 Lightly wet down the path area. Use a vibrating plate compactor to compact the pathway and your new orchard-walk is complete. Your new beds are now ready for planting.

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  1. marilyn s01:10pm Wednesday 03rd February 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    C.I the article said mini-orchard and also said fruit trees.....plant what you'll eat.....

  2. C.I12:01pm Thursday 28th January 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    What a stupid article. Was it about how to create a pathway, there was no mention of what trees to put in, ... Anyway have a wonderful day folks that read this.

  3. yoghurt10:47am Thursday 28th January 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    i did something similar with my marijuana crop in Ballina and i couldn't be happier. it can really turn a boring old garden into a real treat to be in. i would go and sit in it and not come back for days, sometimes weeks.. i too have a **ckatoo problem

  4. Matthew09:31am Thursday 28th January 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    I actually have planted 4 apple varieties, plums, cherries and citrus, not counting the veggie patches. And have come to an agreement with the cockatoos, i'll look after the trees and you eat ALL the fruit. Cockatoos have an amazing memory and turn up at the same time every year once they know where you are. I can't net as they just lift it at the bottom to get in and then get caught inside. Any ideas on how to discourage them ? We had no problem until a new neighbor started to put feed out for them a few years ago. We used to get, for example about 20 kilo's of plums per tree, now we don't get a single one.


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