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Peach Trees Thriving in the Swale

I’ve described before how our fruit trees are thriving in the swale environment. Today I took a couple pictures that demonstrate that fact again.

In the first picture is a peach tree that was transplanted from a pot about 2 and a half years ago in March 2014. It was purchased from Lowes in a 3 gallon pot, probably 2-3 years old at the time. It is in the upper part of our yard uphill from the swales. I added wood chip mulch around it a few months ago which has helped retain moisture, but it generally gets much less water than the trees in the swale berm.

Peach Tree from a Pot

Peach Tree from a Pot

The second picture is of a cluster of 3 peach trees in the swale berm. They were transplanted as 2-year-old bare root trees only a year and a half ago in February 2015. I would estimate that these trees are 2 years younger than the lone tree above. They are also planted very close together following Dave Wilson’s multi-planting idea. With that much competition for water and nutrients, these trees would seem to have a disadvantage.

Bare Root Peach Trees in the Swale Berm

Bare Root Peach Trees in the Swale Berm

You can see from the pictures that the trees in the swale are doing quite well. They have experienced nearly 2 full summer growing seasons and 1 winter rainy season. The trees throughout the swale environment are showing signs of the clear benefits of the swales. We can only imagine the kind of growth we’ll see in the next few years. I’m excited to see how it evolves.

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