Planning ahead-WAY Ahead-with Trees

Ever since my 19 year old daughter was tiny, she has said that she wished we had an apple tree, or a peach tree,  or a (fill in the blank) tree.   I always told her that trees take so long to grow, it would be too long before we could reap the benefits.  So…we never planted any fruit trees. (Plus,  I never thought we’d be in our little house that long. But we still are.)

Today, as we drove home from the grocery store, we passed a big vegetable garden, and my daughter exclaimed at how big that garden was and how next year we should expand ours. “We need to be more self sufficient,” she said.  And,  once again she said the words, “I wish we had an apple tree.”    (I wish I knew how many times she has said that over her lifetime.)

And then it hit me. Had we just planted an apple tree when she was little, we would be eating apples from it now.

Plant a fruit tree

“I should blog about that,” I told my daughter.  “YES!” she said, even more emphatically than usual. (I’m still feeling a little mom-guilt about not planting that tree. And not building that playhouse. And about the fact that she was way too tall for the ride-on Barbie car she wanted so badly at age 4.  But I had no control over that one!  I’m digressing again.)

According to this tree nursery site, you could be eating the fruit in 2-4 years if you plant young trees which are one to two years old when you get them from the nursery.

So, if you have a little one who is interested in planting fruit trees (or any tree for that matter), perhaps you could plant one now.   And when that little one is 19, you will be picking apples from that nice mature tree together.  Being ever so self sufficient.

Update:  This daughter is now 25 years old, married, in her own home, buying her own trees!

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  1. I like the blog's new look! I have to work on mine soon. I have a four-year-old and we have four acres of land. I say it's time for apple trees! Right now she's very into strawberry plants and sunflowers – both of which give you output in the first year or two.

  2. I hear you……I've always wanted to watch a tree grow from year to year; however, our track record at one place isn't much more than 2 or so years.
    Having another move coming up, maybe this time 🙂

  3. Great post. I think all mothers have tons of guilt over what we didn't. Plant a tree now and let the guilt go. Some day she will have a child ask for a tree and she'll plant it right away because she didn't get her tree when she was younger. So really, you're helping your grandkids get what they want by not giving it to her earlier. See? It's all good.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  4. I want a peach tree but I have to check if they can survive the winters first, have little knowledge of that myself… But I can vision my own peaches and handing them over to the grandchildren we´ll hopefully have, haha! 🙂

  5. When we bought our first house, 14 years ago, my husband was disappointed that we didn't have any fruit trees in the yard unlike many of the other houses that we had looked at. I bought a small orange tree for him on our next wedding anniversary and that small tree has blossomed and grown into a nice size tree now with an abundance of lovely oranges every year. My kids love to go out there and pick fresh oranges to eat and hear about how it was once a tiny little thing!

  6. I have always wanted to have fruit trees! I've never lived anywhere long enough to have one, but thank you so much for this post because I will definitely get one planted when my husband and I buy a house in a few years!

  7. Great post…I feel like a fruit tree would be an awesome thing to have with small children…off to see what grows in NC! :)-Ashley

  8. What a great post. My husband and I planted an evergreen tree when we were first married. It has always been our tree. Well it didn't get enough light and each year looked a little worse. Finally this year I consented to having it cut down. Even my husband said he felt sad doing so. To console me we planted a sugar maple that came from my family's farm. My husband said we will never live here long enough to see it become mature. I don't care I love the idea of something from my history is now meshed with my husband's family property. We bought his aunt and uncle's home.

  9. Oh, those kids seem to grow up way too fast. We have our youngest child of four still at home, and this year she turned twelve. Seems like yesterday she was only three. ;o)

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