{Food & Gardening} Suburban Farming: Growing a Backyard Orchard

Do you have the desire to grow your own fruit trees, but don’t feel you have the space?  Look no further than the training method called Espalier.

Wooden Box by KCsGlass

Espalier is the practice of controlling woody plant growth originally for the production of fruit, by pruning and tying branches to a frame so that they grow into a flat plane against a structure such as a wall, fence, or trellis.  There are several benefits to training fruit trees using the espalier method. The shapes are very attractive and can be used for decorative purposes such as softening a brick wall.  Trees can be trimmed to your height making picking fruit easier and the two-dimensional shape is a big space saver.

Whirled in a Tree by inkyspider

I really don’t know what first excited my husband and me to try our hand at espalier.  It might have been an episode of Martha Stewart, P. Allen Smith or a trip to Mt. Vernon, but we are excited about our little orchard growing in the back yard.

Rustic Holly Tree by Tanjasova

We are only in the second year and have not allowed our trees to fruit yet because the energy of the tree needs to go to the growth and strength of the tree first.

There are many wonderful sites explaining this technique and I would encourage you to search the internet for more information, I am not the expert.   I merely just wanted to “plant the seed” on this eco-friendly way to have an orchard in your backyard.

Wrist Cuff by MaryZoom

Wrist Cuff by MaryZoom

How does your garden grow?

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  1. Emily "FeltSassy" says:

    Yes, make sure to do a google search of espalier to see mature trees. They really are amazing!!

  2. I have often admired the artistic look of these trees. Great inspiration!

  3. I’ve never seen this before and it seems like a wonderful idea for a smaller space! Thanks for sharing!