The Beginnings of a Home Orchard

January is a perfect time to plan your upcoming garden projects.

Jessica has been planning her home orchard. Currently there are a few peach trees and apples, but she's hoping to add more. There's lots to keep in mind including pollinating compatibilities, cultivars, winter hardiness, costs, bare root vs. container trees, and more. 

Here are some links from Iowa State University Extension that may be useful: 

Fruit Cultivars for Iowa

Growing Fruit Trees in Iowa 

Here are some of our favorite resources for fruit trees and small fruits: 

Stark Brothers- bare root and some container plants ( 

Bailey Nurseries & Monrovia - check with your local independent garden centers 

Here are some upcoming events at the Brenton Arboretum, including one seminar that Melissa is teaching called Trees for Bees!  

Brenton Arboretum Events

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