|1 tree with 3 grafted varieties: Cox's Orange Pippin, Sunset & Herefordshire Russet|
Orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Orchards comprise fruit, vegetable, and nut-producing trees which are grown for commercial production. Orchards are also sometimes a feature of large gardens, where they serve an aesthetic as well as a productive purpose. A fruit garden is generally synonymous with an orchard, although it is set on a smaller non-commercial scale and may emphasize berry shrubs in preference to fruit trees. Most temperate-zone orchards are laid out in a regular grid, with a grazed or mown grass or bare soil base that makes maintenance and fruit gathering.
Old English: ortgeard; the first element from Latin hortus 'garden', the second representing yard.
Well, we have done our best to plant out in a grid but that was difficult given the fact that we already had an aging pear and 2 fairly mature apple trees which don't follow our grid pattern. From the photo, it appears that the spacing between them is enormous but it really isn't. We were determined that they should not be crowded and that each specimen should have room to grown and mature. I have yet to tie on our copper labels as I'm waiting to see if any copper wire can be found. Fingers crossed!
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