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Experiencing the "Fruit" of Our Labors with a DIY Yard Orchard

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One of the things that we really loved about our home when we first moved in 2 years ago was that it had fruit trees.  We experience a bounty of cherries, mulberries, and some apples, too!  Unfortunately, our cherry tree is getting old, and only one half of the poor thing produces anymore.  Also, we wanted more variety in our harvest - you can only do so much with green apples!

We had talked of expanding our "orchard" to something more fun, and browsed through catalogs for the past two springs as we tried to decide what to do.  Then, Walmart approached us with the chance to get a few things as part of a "prepare your yard for summer" post, and we knew that fruit trees were the right way to go!

For less than $150, we got eight (yes, count them) trees to pump up the volume on our fruit harvest.  While it will take between 3-5 years to see any fruit from the new trees, we look forward to starting our investment now (and they look beautiful in the meantime.) Walmart had so many trees left this time of year, as well as shrubs, perennials, mulch, and soil.  It was really a one-stop shop for our yard needs.  (I also love that they have a one-year guarantee on their trees.)

Here is the car that my hubby managed to get all eight trees into!  (It's a Saturn, too!)

Spacing the trees was the hardest part, although my husband handled that. 

He also handled digging the holes and planting.

The kids helped with mulch.  

What did I do?  I took pictures and offered advice ;)

I love our new orchard, and it's going to help feed my growing family for years to come!  How have you prepared your yard to better serve you and your kids? 

*I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time on this post. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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