Hi all! Newbie here and also to permaculture ...been reading a lot and working on a plan to plant fruit and nut trees. I'm in zone 6b in the southern third of Missouri and over the past several years have really noticed major weather and temp differences. We suffered through the severe drought this past summer with temps of 106-112 degrees which is unheard of here. My question is how to take this into consideration when planting my new fruit and nut trees? "Normally, we have swings in the weather but nothing has been normal in several years. How do you plant now to compensate for changes in the future? Is anyone else dealing with this and how?
Many thanks for any advice.
Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
I'm trying to plant fruiting trees and shrubs which either don't care about chilling hours or which have a broad range of acceptable chilling hours. For me this means choosing mostly southern varieties, and realizing that some won't fruit each year. But with a broad enough variety, some may fruit even in a very bad year.
Here's a supplier of fruit trees for the Southern US, some of which may also grow and fruit in northern zones. These may give protection for years in which chilling hours are relatively few: http://www.johnsonnursery.com/