Last year, our big project over the winter months was to set up an orchard full of fruit trees, nuts, and berries (click here to see what it looked like!). Like all garden related projects around these parts, it wasn’t going to be a little orchard either. No, we were going to do it ‘country style’, which means big.
Almost a year later, and most of the trees are growing well. It will still be a few years before we get a significant harvest, but they are on their way.
One type of tree that didn’t get planted last year was our hazelnuts, so Country Boy ordered some recently, and they arrived last week. Despite the freezing, windy, wet weather, Country Boy, Toby and I went down to the orchard on Saturday to plant them.
In a few weeks we are hoping, with the help of some friends and family, to put a bird net over the entire structure. The orchard is about 22 meters, by 25 meters, so it is going to be a massive job. We picked up a one hundred meter roll of netting while we were in Sydney, and brought it home on the roof rack.
Looking forward to cooking with those hazelnuts already!