April brings Earth Day and Arbor Day. April brings showers for blooming May flowers. And this April, it is bringing a renewed commitment to Mother Earth from The Lodge at Woodloch team. The garden team is beginning to cull the land and bury the fence posts for their brand new orchard. With over 65 trees planned in the new 2 acre area, the orchard will bring new harvests of apples (one variety grafted from a 100+year old orchard found on the property), pears, Asian pears, peaches and plums. The orchard will be supported by companion plants such as currants, mint, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries and other herbs and plants that help support the trees and the helpful wildlife (birds, bees, butterflies and more) that sustain the environment. There will be a total of 250 new plants and trees in the orchard area!250 new plants and trees will be planted in the new orchard!
What is tree grafting you ask (I know I did)… Grafting is a horticultural technique which inserts tissues from one plant into another so that the two sets of vascular tissues can join together (inosculation). In our case our new trees will be selected for their roots and our 100+ year old apple trees were selected because of their fruits. The older apples trees genes will be duplicated for future production if the graft takes (vascular connection takes place). This process usually takes a few weeks and is not always successful.
Why plant trees?
Did you know that planting a tree has far reaching economical, social and environmental benefits? According to TreeUtah.org, Some of the benefits of planting trees include:
Because we depend so much on the fact that Nature Nurtures, we hope that we can nurture her back…just a little.
HAPPY EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY!