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

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.  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.)

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?